Legal/Judicial Attire & Furnishings – Harcourts, Ltd. – Official Robemakers and Tailors Since 1842

By: Harcourts  09-12-2011

Most countries in the British Commonwealth (who require robes be worn in the courtroom) consider proper legal dress to be comprised of four basic components:

  1. Waistcoat: Barrister’s or Queen’s Counsel and Judges design.
  2. Robe: Barrister’s, Queen’s Counsel, Judges, and Justices of the Peace.
  3. Wing Collar Shirt: Same for all ensembles.

The design and styling of these items has changed remarkabley over many centuries, however court attire that is currently worn originated in the late 17th century.  Barristers must be attired properly in order to be heard by the Judiciary in the court room.

In addition to the above basic attire, England, Australia and many Island Countries continue to require that white wigs be worn by both Barristers and Judges.

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