Niqab may be worn under certain circumstances while testifying, top court rules

A woman wears a niqab in this file photo. (REUTER/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

A woman wears a niqab in this file photo. (REUTER/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:15 PM ET

OTTAWA - Canada's top court ruled Thursday that under certain circumstances a Muslim woman can wear a veil during court testimony.

In a 4-2-1 split decision, the Supreme Court built on an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that offered a compromise and laid out a legal test that would help decide whether a veiled woman could testify.

The highest court said, among other factors, the strength of a person's religious belief, the nature of the evidence, and the importance of the credibility of the witness all must be weighed.


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