Tue., August 25, 2009 12:41pm (EDT)

Federal Ruling Allows Headscarves into Courtrooms
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.  —  
A new federal ruling now allows headscarves to be worn into courtrooms. (photo by Charles Roffey)
A new federal ruling now allows headscarves to be worn into courtrooms. (photo by Charles Roffey)
The federal investigation into how Georgia handles religious head coverings in court is over.

That's because of a new federal rule allowing headscarves for religious and medical reasons.

The measure comes after the U.S. Justice Department got involved with several allegations of discrimination.

A Douglasville judge ordered one woman to spend 10 days in jail for contempt of court when she would not remove her Muslim head scarf.

Baseball caps and other headgear are still banned from Georgia courtrooms.

If there is a security concern around a permissible headgear, a security guard of the same gender will conduct a private search.