Sentenza 17 gennaio 2014
Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber): aule giudiziarie e niqab (Regno Unito)
Data: 17 gennaio 2014
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In an increasingly multi-ethnical and culturally diverse society, we would emphasise that issues concerning attire and symbols motivated by religious belief and conviction must be handled by all judicial bodies with great tact and sensitivity. Tribunals should be considerate and respectful in their approach. Simple measures such as limited screening or minimising the courtroom audience should be considered. Tribunals should be particularly careful to point out that the maintenance of attire of this kind might impair the panel’s ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of the evidence of the party or witness concerned and it could have adverse consequences for the Appellant. Where issues of this kind arise, a Tribunal’s experience, expertise, common sense, pragmatism and sense of fairness will be invaluable tools.