Can I wear my kirpan into a courthouse?


The Supreme Court of Canada allows kirpans into the courtroom, as do many other jurisdictions across Canada. Since 1990, Sikh lawyers have had full access in B.C. to wearing their kirpan inside courtrooms. Similar accommodations have been achieved for lawyers and staff working inside courtrooms. However, there are still many jurisdictions which may place restrictions or prohibitions on witnesses, litigants, jurors, or members of the public, in wearing their kirpan inside the courtroom. If you or someone you know is facing difficulty in accessing the courthouse with your kirpan, you should contact the WSO immediately.

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