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

Dr. 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, Dr. 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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