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ANNEX 11 (paragraph 140)
NOTES FOR GUIDANCE ON DRESS IN COURT
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1. The following notes for guidance are applicable to both men and women barristers; and the Chief Justice has approved them:-

(1) The dress of barristers appearing in Court should be unobtrusive and compatible with the wearing of robes.
(2) Suits and dresses should be of dark colour. Dresses or blouses should be long-sleeved and high to the neck. Men should wear waistcoats (except in the summer months, when they are not expected to wear them). Shirts and blouses should be predominantly white or of other unemphatic appearance. Collars should be white and shoes black.
(3) Wigs should, as far as possible, cover the hair which should be drawn back from the face and forehead, and if long enough should be put up.
(4) No conspicuous jewellery or ornaments should be worn.
(5) Female barristers are allowed to wear decent and suitable black long trouser suits when appearing in Chambers and fully robed in open Court. (Circular No. 16/96)

Senior Counsel
2. The silk gown is the correct gown for Senior Counsel.

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