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Judge rules Muslim woman must remove Niqaab when giving evidence to the Court

The Crown Court in England has ruled that a Muslim woman, a defendant in criminal proceedings, must remove her Niqaab, a full veil, when giving her evidence to the Court and the jury.

Criminal Law

Court of Appeal Dismisses Health Minister Challenge To Same-Sex Adoption

The NI Court of Appeal has dismissed a bid, brought by Health Minister Edwin Poots, to overturn an earlier decision of October 2012 in which the High Court had found that the ban on unmarried couples becoming adoptive parents was discriminatory and a breach of human rights.

Health, LGBT

Operation Exposure Not A Contravention Of Rights

The High Court of Northern Ireland has found that publication in local newspapers of photographs of young people suspected of rioting in 2010 was necessary for the administration of justice and was not a ‘name and shame’ policy. In 2009, in order to identify those involved in rioting in Derry/Londonderry, the police used CCTV images and engaged the community in identifying some of the young people by publishing the images in local newspapers, in what was called ‘Operation Exposure’.

Criminal Law, Rights of Offenders