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A Muslim trainee lawyer has failed with an appeal against a ruling preventing her from wearing head scarves at court, the German Federal Constitutional Court said Tuesday.

The Karlsruhe-based court, the most authoritative within the German judiciary, ruled that the maxims of secularism and state objectivity in judicial procedures outweighed the plaintiff's right to religious freedom.

"Trainee lawyers who appear as representatives of state authority and are perceived as such must also respect the state's commitment to neutrality," the report read.

Under the existing educational framework in Germany, law students must complete a two-year traineeship which places them in varying stations of the judiciary system before being able to take their final exams.


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