It is a long way from the grandeur of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa to the grey, gritty neighborhood in north Toronto where a courthouse shares space with a Swiss Chalet chicken restaurant, the office of an MP and a catering company.

Yet it is here, near busy highways and interchanges, that an important legal precedent may be set in the next few days in the wake of a ruling from Canada's top court.

The issue: Can a Muslim woman be ordered to testify without her face veiled?

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