In Cherbourg, the question of the veil divides the bar

An internal vote of the Council of the Order of Cherbourg took place on the question of wearing the veil with the lawyer’s robe. 394754698/Mike Fouque – stock.adobe.com

The holders of the Council of the Order of Cherbourg, in Normandy, debated behind closed doors whether or not to authorize the wearing of the Islamic veil with a lawyer’s robe.

Cherbourg (Manche)

“I am very surprised, personally, that some colleagues do not see the militant offensive behind this question of wearing the veil with the lawyer’s robe…“. Member of the bar of Cherbourg (Manche) and criminal lawyer, Me Stéphane Bataille does not hide his bewilderment.

Three weeks ago, at the request of the National Conference of Presidents, the 13 holders of the Council of the Order of Cherbourg – out of the 54 lawyers in the city – met behind closed doors to discuss the question of authorizing or not the possibility of wearing the Islamic veil with the lawyer’s robe. That is to say during hearings and pleadings before the court.

According to our information, the result of this internal vote to possibly modify the rules of procedure, which caused real discussions between the Cherbourg lawyers, was “very tight“. Deeming the veil compatible with the lawyer’s robe in the name of “women’s freedom“, a young lawyer provoked anger…

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