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Liberals outline plan to penalise people for covering their face in court

The state opposition has outlined a plan to stop face-covering in court.

It’s currently unclear whether or not covering your face constitutes contempt of court, and shadow Attorney-General John Pesutto wants to clear it up.

Mr Pesutto told Ross and John it’s about maintaining the authority of the courts.

‘If you are not prepared to respect the traditions and rules and standing of our courts, then what hope do we have that that person is going to respect the law when they’re out on our street?’ he said.

He said it’s possible that, as the law currently stands, a person could be acquitted of a crime if witnesses cannot identify them because their face is covered.

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