Source: The Local
The woman’s lawyer received a letter from the presiding judge at the district court in Luckenwalde, informing her that “religiously motivated statements, such as the wearing of a headscarf, will not be allowed” during the court case, Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.
The letter warned that the woman could face legal sanctions if she does not comply with the instruction. At the same time, it instructed her to appear in person for the proceedings, leaving her in an apparently impossible situation.
The woman’s lawyer now plans to take legal measures against the court instruction, claiming it to be a breach of the constitution.
Officials in courts in Germany have a duty of religious neutrality, and are generally not allowed to wear religious symbols.
But civilians who appear in the court are not bound by the laws on religious neutrality. The Federal Constitutional Court ruled in 2006 that a judge has no right to expel a spectator from a court proceeding because they are wearing a headscarf.
Defence lawyers are also not bound by rules on religious neutrality, and may wear a headscarf or other symbols of religiosity.