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Monday, 4 November 2013

Behind the veil

Ken Clarke has again opened the debate on whether witnesses should be allowed to wear veil's in Court whilst giving evidence, stating that it is impossible if a Defendant is "in a kind of bag".

The former barrister said that a Judge and Jury need to be able to see a Defendant's face in order to properly assess whether they were telling the truth.

His comments follow a trial in September where a Judge ruled that a Muslim woman should be allowed to stand trial wearing a full - face veil but ordered that she had to remove this to give her evidence.

The Prime Minister has now also waded into the debate advising that he would consider issuing guidance to Judges on when they can ask people to remove their veils.

We would be interested to hear your views if this - email lisa.bowes@mckeagandco.com

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