A Montreal woman who was scolded by a judge for wearing a hijab in court had her fundamental rights violated, Quebec's Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.
The court decided unanimously that citizens who wear religious attire cannot be denied access to justice.
The ruling stems from a 2015 courtroom incident involving Rania El-Alloul, who was told by a Quebec court judge to remove her Muslim head scarf if she wanted a case involving her impounded car to proceed. El-Alloul refused, and her case was adjourned.
"No party challenges that the courtrooms of the Court of Quebec — and for that matter all courtrooms in Quebec as throughout Canada — are spaces of religious neutrality," the three-judge appeal panel found.