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In which courts do barristers wear wigs and gowns?

Answer

Wiki User
01/03/2010

When robes are required, the Judge may decide to relax the rule in cases of hot weather, etc.

Criminal Cases

  • The Crown Court requires that Barristers be robed.
  • The Court of Appeal requires that Barristers be robed.
  • The Magistrates' Court is never robed, although Barristers are rarely present in Magistrates' Courts, solicitors usually taking their place. Solicitors never wear robes.
  • The Supreme Court requires that Barristers be robed.

Civil Cases

  • The County Court rarely requires robes although this is at the Judge's discretion.
  • The High Court often requires that Barristers be robed, this is very much at the Judge's discretion.
  • The Supreme Court requires that Barristers be robed.