As a Sikh, I want to ascertain a courtroom dress-code question, not relevant to any imminent legal need that warrants retaining an attorney, as to whether Sikhs are routinely allowed to wear their turban, whether as a judicial witness, plaintiff, defendant, lawyer, juror, spectator, etc., in California or US District courts; and, if not, whether there are circumstances, conditions, restrictions, etc., which may be obviated, overcome, satisfied, etc., via the submission of some documentation, application, motion, etc., to request court approval of an “accommodation” for religious diversity; or some other procedure, as will allow the turban to be worn during such judicial proceedings.
Have you queried the court in question?
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Generally, yes, people are allowed to wear religious or faith related garments in courthouses.
I have seen a bailiff request a sikh to remove his turban but when he found out that he was a Sikh and it was for religious purposes he did not have to move the turban.
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