The legality of practicing law with Islamic headscarves

A lawyer of Moroccon origin, Oubida Barik, presented an administrative appeal against the president of the Criminal Division, Javier Gomez Bermudez because he wouldn’t allow her to remain in the courtroom while wearing her Islamic headscarf or hijab.

The lawyer was wearing her gown and hijab while sitting on the lawyers bench helping a colleague, the lawyer Salellas Benet, in the defense in a trial for Islamist terrorism.

Gomez Bermudez, applying his powers as president of organization of the trial, ordered Barik to take off the headscarf, but as she refused, he invited her to sit in the audience or leave the room.

The General Council of the Judiciary will decide on the legality of this practice.

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