British Judges Not Happy to Ditch Their Wigs

Lawyers, also hirsute by tradition, could be next, though change has foes aplenty
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 6:23 PM CDT
British Judges Not Happy to Ditch Their Wigs
The Procession Of Judges.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The sun may never set on the British Empire, the saying goes—so bald judges might want to watch out, as some are being forced to give up their customary wigs in October, the Los Angeles Times reports. They're also getting new robes by a designer associated with “funky British clothes for aspiring funky British girls," the Australian notes. Needless to say, UK papers have had a field day.

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The change applies only to civil-court judges, and is not binding on lawyers, although some think “it would be normal” for counselors to follow suit. The new costume will not be taken up by judges in criminal court, at least partly because those judges enjoy the anonymity of the wig, shielding them from recognition outside the courtroom, the Guardian reports. (Read more Britain stories.)

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