Keith Porteous Wood, of the National Secular Society, condemned the ruling, saying: "It is vital that defendants' faces are visible at all times, including while others are giving evidence
Judge Murphy insisted that when the woman is asked to take off the niqab ahead of giving evidence
, she should be given some time to reflect beforehand.
Helen Allison, aged 52, lodged a complaint about a meeting 48 hours before giving evidence
at the Court of Session in Edinburgh last month.
Mr Barrymore, who now lives in New Zealand, was giving evidence
Northumbria Police has created a virtual court on its website which it hopes will help people who are apprehensive about giving evidence
Julie Weleminsky was asked to step down from the Children's and Families' Courts Advisory Council after giving evidence
about its shortcomings to a Committee of MPs.
She says the pressure of going to court and giving evidence
in the witness box was difficult for the witnesses to do.
THOUSANDS of criminal trials are collapsing at the last minute because frightened witnesses are pulling out of giving evidence
As well as giving evidence
, they will have the right to cross-examine witnesses and make opening and closing statements.
None of the witnesses in the latest round of hearings is being recalled after giving evidence
earlier in the inquiry, which has previously questioned witnesses including former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
A national study carried out in 1998 revealed suspected sex attackers were avoiding conviction because vulnerable witnesses backed out of giving evidence
CHILDREN giving evidence
in court are routinely accused of lying, become distressed and do not understand what is happening, the NSPCC said yesterday.
Cath Getlevog, vulnerable/intimidated witnesses project officer, said: "Witnesses and victims of crimes may find giving evidence
difficult or daunting because they are scared, disabled, very old or very young.
Other things could include meeting the prosecution, but not to discuss the case, as well as giving evidence
from behind a screen or by using a TV or video link for people who may be afraid of the court room or facing the accused.
In many of these cases they feared for their safety or didn't believe police would protect them after giving evidence