Judge reprimands lawyer for dressing like ‘something out of Harry Potter’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 1st, 2014 in barristers, court dress, news, peerages & dignities, solicitor advocates by sally

‘Judge David Wynn Morgan asks the lawyer, who had been referring to himself as Lord Harley, why he was wearing colourful ribbons and badges on his robes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2014

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Veil row woman admits witness intimidation – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2014 in court dress, human rights, intimidation, Islam, juries, news by sally

‘A Muslim woman who wore a full-face veil in court during her trial has admitted witness intimidation.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Lord Chief Justice: public should decide if Islamic veil should be allowed in court – Daily Telegraph

“The most senior judge in England and Wales says a public consultation will open on the ‘divisive’ subject soon.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2013

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Lord Chief Justice suggests using Skype and FaceTime in courts – The Independent

“Video-call technology such as Skype and FaceTime could be used to allow criminal defendants to take part in court hearings from home, the most senior judge in England and Wales has said. In his first press conference, the new Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, said the use of such applications could reduce the cost of hearings held in the run up to a trial.”

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The Independent, 5th November 2013

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Ban court witnesses from giving evidence in veil, says Ken Clarke – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2013 in court dress, evidence, Islam, news, witnesses by sally

“The former justice secretary Ken Clarke has rekindled the debate about wearing veils in court by claiming that a proper trial is impossible if a defendant is ‘in a kind of bag’.”

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2013

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Tory ECHR Withdrawal, Prisoner Cold Turkey & Niqabs Again – The Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 2nd, 2013 in court dress, human rights, Islam, news, prisons, smoking, women by tracey

“This week the Conservative Party Conference is likely to generate human rights headlines. Meanwhile, previous controversies still bubble away. Chris Grayling, taking a break from legal aid cuts, offered his opinion on the Europe debate. Meanwhile, others considered the role of transparency, demeanour, religious freedom and niqabs in the courts, and, with the proposed smoking ban in prisons, smokers may have found another reason not to break the law.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th September 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Niqab court ruling: a classic exercise in reasonableness – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“In 1894 Edward Marshall Hall KC defended the Austrian-born prostitute Marie Hermann, charged with the murder of a client whose body she hid in a trunk. The jury acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter after what has become his most famous jury speech ending with, ‘Look at her, gentlemen of the jury, look at her. God never gave her a chance, won’t you?’ The personalities may have changed and the language less flowery but the basic principle of a jury trial is the same – we judge our peers on the evidence and that is the evidence presented in court. This includes our assessment of other human beings, not just what they say but how they say it.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th September 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Impostor guilty of posing as barrister in court – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2012 in court dress, impersonating a barrister, news, recidivists by sally

“A man who donned a wig and robe to pose as a barrister and represent a friend in a crown court case has been found guilty of impersonating a lawyer.”

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The Guardian, 5th March 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Supreme Court lawyers allowed to dress down – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2011 in court dress, legal profession, news, Supreme Court by sally

“Lawyers appearing at the UK’s highest court will no longer have to wear traditional dress, it was announced today.”

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The Independent, 21st November 2011

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Objection! Judges reject new robes – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2009 in court dress, judiciary, news by sally

“The English judiciary has long been regarded as a bastion of conservative mores and sartorial continuity. So when, 10 months ago, former designer of the year Betty Jackson ripped up 300 years of tradition by introducing a new robe for some of England’s most trenchant legal minds, her chutzpah raised eyebrows far beyond the High Court.”

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The Independent, 27th March 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Court Dress: Guidance from Chairman of the Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted November 21st, 2008 in court dress, news by sally

“The Chairman of the Bar has today issued guidance on court dress regarding the Practice Direction issued by the Lord Chief Justice dated 31 July 2008.”

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The Bar Council, 20th November 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Civil judges ditch wearing wigs – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2008 in court dress, news by sally

“Judges in civil and family cases in England and Wales have stopped wearing wigs as part of a new dress code.”

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BBC News, 1st October 2008

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Practice Direction (Court Dress) (No 5) – Times Law Reports

Posted August 19th, 2008 in court dress, law reports, practice directions by sally

Practice Direction (Court Dress) (No 5)

Supreme Court

“Judges in civil cases would wear a new civil robe, without a wig, as from October 1, 2008, and would be distinguishable by different coloured tabs.”

The Times, 19th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date if publication.

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Practice Direction (Court Dress) (No 5) – WLR Daily

Posted August 5th, 2008 in court dress, law reports, practice directions by sally

Practice Direction (Court Dress) (No 5); [2008] WLR (D) 285

“A new civil robe, to be worn without a wig, would be introduced for judges in civil cases from 1 October 2008.”

WLR Daily, 4th August 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

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The Lord Chief Justice – Practice Direction – Court Working Dress – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 1st, 2008 in court dress, practice directions by sally

“Practice Direction (Court Dress) (no.5) and Amendment no.20 to the Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction (Court Dress).”

Full Practice Direction

Judiciary of England and Wales, 31st July 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Court Dress: Guidance from Chairman of the Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted August 1st, 2008 in barristers, court dress, press releases by sally

“The Chairman of the Bar has today issued guidance on court dress regarding the Practice Direction issued by the Lord Chief Justice dated 31 July 2008.”

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The Bar Council, 31st July 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Thumbs down for designer robe – The Times

Posted May 16th, 2008 in court dress, judiciary, news by sally

“Like the new gown for judges? You’re in the minority; splutterings of dismay and derision are far more common.”

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The Times, 15th May 2008

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Lord Chief Justice and his funky new gown – The Times

Posted May 13th, 2008 in court dress, judiciary, news by sally

“For 300 years the wig and gown have symbolised the authority of the court. All that will change in October, when judges in civil and family cases will ditch their horsehair wigs and instead be dressed by a designer whose trademark is ‘funky British clothes for aspiring funky British girls’.”

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The Times, 13th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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New Judicial Civil Robe – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted May 12th, 2008 in court dress, judiciary, news by sally

“Last July the Lord Chief Justice announced reforms to simplify judicial court working dress in England and Wales. The changes, which include the introduction of a new civil gown, are due to come into effect on 1 October 2008. Fashion designer, Betty Jackson CBE, very generously worked on a pro-bono basis as the design consultant for the new gown.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 12th May 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Further Consultation on Court Dress – The Bar Council

Posted April 15th, 2008 in barristers, consultations, court dress by sally

“The Bar Council is carrying out a further consultation on court dress in civil, family and ceremonial proceedings. Click here for a link through to the consultation paper. All members of the Bar and interested third parties are welcome to comment and all completed consultation papers should be sent to janbye@barcouncil.org.uk or by post to Jan Bye at 289-293 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HZ no later than 4.00pm on 19 April 2008.”

The Report and Supplementary Report on the first consultation exercise (Word)

The Bar Council, 14th April 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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