Lawyer ?ule Da?l? attended a hearing on behalf of her client in a defamation case heard at the Kad?köy 2nd Court of First Instance on Friday. Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Da?l? said the judge had asked her why she was attending the hearing with her headscarf on. The lawyer told the judge that the ban on the headscarf had been removed by a decision of the Council of State on Thursday.
The judge responded that he did not receive any directive with regard to the change and that while Da?l? was allowed to remain in the courtroom, the judge said he would make note of the fact in his report, stating therein that the lawyer had attended the hearing with her headscarf on.
The 8th Chamber of the Council of State on Thursday discussed an appeal filed by a lawyer who was denied an identity card by the TBB after she submitted a photo of herself with a headscarf. The lawyer asked the court to suspend the implementation of Article 20 of the TBB’s Lawyers’ Code of Practice, which stipulates that lawyers and interns “practice their profession in court in an appearance that suits the profession and without a headscarf.”
After the hearing, Da?l? came to the ?stanbul Courthouse and shared her experience about the first day with reporters.
“The judge asked me whether I would enter with my headscarf on. I cited the decision of the Council of State and said I would attend the hearing with my headscarf on. He said he had no information about the decision and did not receive any directive concerning the matter. Therefore, he said, he would note in his report that I’m attending with my headscarf on,” Da?l? told reporters. Da?l? said she did not face any problems on the first day and that many other lawyers in the court had congratulated her.
Da?l? stated that from now on she will follow her cases while wearing a headscarf.
“We struggled for this right for a long time. At the end of a long battle, we think the Council of State did the right thing,” she said, while expressing her happiness and joy. She said the TBB had put in place an arbitrary ban despite the fact that the Constitution cites that bans within the scope of rights and freedoms would only be applicable through the law.
She stressed that there is no law that forbids the wearing of a headscarf but that the TBB code of practice sets out a dress code.