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

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

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

Further Consultation on Court Dress – The Bar Council

Posted March 18th, 2008 in 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

The Bar Council, 17th March 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Solicitor-advocates finally put on wigs in court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 11th, 2008 in court dress, news, solicitors by sally

“A Yorkshire criminal law specialist has laid claim to being the first solicitor-advocate to wear a wig in court after appearing at 10am last Wednesday at Doncaster Crown Court.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th January 2008

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Practice Direction (Court Dress) (No 4) – WLR Daily

Posted January 10th, 2008 in court dress, practice directions by sally

Practice Direction (Court Dress) (No 4): [2007] WLR (D) 347

“Solicitors and other advocates with rights of audience have the option to wear wigs in circumstances where they would be worn by members of the Bar.”

WLR Daily, 8th January 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.

Judges hang on to their wigs – The Independent

Posted December 10th, 2007 in court dress, judiciary, news by sally

“Plans which would have forced judges in civil courts to ditch their wigs have been postponed.”

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The Independent, 8th December 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lawyers want to keep their wigs – The Times

Posted December 4th, 2007 in barristers, court dress, news by sally

“The legal profession has come out strongly against scrapping wigs despite a decision by the Lord Chief Justice to abolish the traditional horsehair for judges in civil and family courts from the New Year.”

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The Times, 4th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Wigs and gowns: final furlong for the neighsayers – The Times

Posted August 23rd, 2007 in court dress, special report by sally

“It’s stripping off on a hot beach somewhere — not putting on 18th-century costume — that will be occupying the minds of most lawyers this week. But wigs and gowns will undoubtedly be exercising them before too long.”

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The Times, 23rd August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Court dress consultation heads up busy period for Bar reviews – Legal Week

Posted August 3rd, 2007 in barristers, Commercial Court, court dress, news by sally

Consultations galore keep the Bar busy over the summer recess, Justice Aikens starts drawing up the final working party report and the Chancery and Commercial Bar Association appoint new chairmen. Claire Ruckin reports on the latest from the Bar.”

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Legal Week, 2nd August 2007

Source: http://legalweek.com

Civil case judges to drop traditional wig and gown – The Times

Posted July 13th, 2007 in court dress, news by sally

“Judges are to end centuries of tradition and abandon the wearing of wigs and gowns in hundreds of civil and family cases. The decision to abolish the 300-year-old horsehair headgear, along with wing collars and bands, was announced yesterday by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.”

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The Times, 13th July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Bar to consult on court dress – The Bar Council

Posted July 12th, 2007 in barristers, court dress, press releases by michael

“Following today’s announcement by the Lord Chief Justice regarding reforms to what judges wear in court, the Bar Council has announced that it plans to consult its members before the end of July to seek their views on the Lord Chief Justice’s announcement and Court dress generally.”

Press release

Bar Council, 12th July 2007

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Lord Chief Justice announces reforms to court working dress – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted July 12th, 2007 in court dress, press releases by michael

“Reforms to simplify judicial court working dress in England and Wales were announced today by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.”

News release

Judiciary of England and Wales, 12th July 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Magistrate walks out over Muslim woman’s veil – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 2nd, 2007 in court dress, Islam, magistrates, news by sally

“A magistrate is facing an inquiry after refusing to deal with a defendant wearing a full Muslim veil, the Judiciary of England and Wales said yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BNP jibe at lawyer who opposed veiled judges – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2007 in court dress, Islam, news by sally

“A barrister who argued that Muslim judges in Britain should never wear the veil in court has been accused by a fellow barrister of deploying the arguments of the British National Party.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Court working dress in England and Wales: consultation response

Posted June 5th, 2007 in consultations, court dress by sally

“This report, produced in January 2004 analyses responses to the consultation ‘Court working dress in England and Wales’, which was published in May 2003.  It includes a profile of responses to the consultation, preferred working dress options, overall perceptions of courts and a comparison with the public opinion survey.”

Consultation response

Ministry of Justice, 4th June 2007 

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

The Law Explored: what to wear in court – The Times

Posted May 30th, 2007 in court dress by sally

“Imagine you’re in a room filled with people dressed variously in tracksuit bottoms and trainers, white bands with horse-hair wigs, uniforms, lounge suits, long black robes: you’re either at a fancy-dress party or in a law court.”

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The Times, 30th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

 

Muslim veils ‘should be allowed in court’ – The Times

Posted April 24th, 2007 in court dress, Islam, news by sally

“The wearing of the Muslim veil in court was backed by new official guidelines today.”

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The Times, 24th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Lawyers given chance to ditch wig and gown – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in barristers, court dress, news by sally

“The traditional wigs and gowns that are the hallmark of the legal profession are finally to be swept away in a shake-up of legal dress.”

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The Times, 9th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk