NSW identity law requires veils to be removed for JPs, lawyers

Muslim women will be required to remove face veils as part of new identity check laws in NSW.

From April 30, anyone who asks a Justice of the Peace or lawyer to witness statutory declarations or affidavits will have to remove all head coverings including motorcycle helmets and masks to prove who they are.

NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said JPs and lawyers will in future be required to see the face of anyone making statutory declarations or affidavits and to confirm their identity.

“In some situations it means individuals wearing full and partial face-covering garments will need to reveal their face for the purpose of identification,” Mr Smith said in a statement on Monday. “If a person is wearing a face covering, an authorised witness should politely and respectfully ask them to show their face.”

The NSW government announced in August that police would get powers to force motorists to remove head coverings to confirm identity. Drivers who refuse to do so face fines of up to $5500.

JPs and lawyers who fail to comply with the identity laws announced on Monday face fines of up to $220.

AAP, 5 March 2012