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The Niqab and Witness Testimony: Balancing the Interests

Advocates' Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 1, June 2012

8 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012 Last revised: 30 Jun 2012

Emir Crowne

University of the West Indies (Mona)

Fiorina Santelli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Varoujan Arman

Blaney McMurtry LLP

Abstract

In R. v. N.S., 2010 ONCA 670, a unanimous Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled that preliminary inquiry judges can consider Charter values in evaluating matters relating to the preliminary inquiry and established a framework for establishing and reconciling competing rights claims. The matter is now under appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, with oral arguments heard on December 8th, 2011.

Keywords: Charter, rights, hijab, veil, niqab, Supreme Court, religion, freedom, criminal, defence, defense, witness, testimony

Suggested Citation

Crowne, Emir and Santelli, Fiorina and Arman, Varoujan, The Niqab and Witness Testimony: Balancing the Interests. Advocates' Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 1, June 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1979210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1979210

Emir Crowne (Contact Author)

University of the West Indies (Mona) ( email )

Faculty of Law
1-3 West Road
Kingston, 7
Jamaica

Fiorina Santelli

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Varoujan Arman

Blaney McMurtry LLP ( email )

2 Queen Street East
Suite 1500
Toronto
Canada

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