When judges wear wigs and robes, what’s so offensive about a niqab?

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The statue representing justice is blindfolded for a reason – to symbolise that all people are treated equally in our courts no matter their wealth, position in society or religious beliefs.

Sometimes the courts fail to live up to that ideal.

Pelo 3cThis week Justice Christopher Beale in the Victorian Supreme Court banned a woman who was wearing a niqab from sitting in the public area of the court where her husband is facing a trial on terrorism charges.

The judge remarked, “I require anybody who comes into the court – and all are welcome – but anybody who comes into the…

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