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oh god, that's some pricey hair. haha. just think about the intense sweat that gets into that wig when you're getting your lawyering on in court :shock:

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How does that work for female lawyers, out of curiosity? Would they have to put their hair up in a bun and fit the wig over? Or would they be able to let their hair down and have the wig on top?

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Does it say anywhere that you can't use it?

 

It takes one brave act to start a revolution.

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I'm from Hong Kong where barristers are required to wear the wig. It actually does look quite nice. Usually, female barristers tie their hair up into a bun and wear the wig on top. I would love to see someone wear that here. Do our justices wear wigs??

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I wish we had wigs too. :(

 

Lawl - I read somewhere about a Canadian lawyer who actually went and got called as an English barrister. He then tried to wear his wig in a Canadian court and the judge made him take it off.

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I'm from Hong Kong where barristers are required to wear the wig. It actually does look quite nice. Usually, female barristers tie their hair up into a bun and wear the wig on top. I would love to see someone wear that here. Do our justices wear wigs??

 

Jude, are barristers in Hong Kong *still* required to wear wigs? It's hard to believe that after reunification with China Hong Kong maintains such a distinctly British tradition!

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Jude, are barristers in Hong Kong *still* required to wear wigs? It's hard to believe that after reunification with China Hong Kong maintains such a distinctly British tradition!

 

Yup. It is nevertheless a common law jurisdiction. In fact, English is still the most common language in law courts in Hong Kong despite officially being billingual.

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I wish we had wigs too. :(

 

Lawl - I read somewhere about a Canadian lawyer who actually went and got called as an English barrister. He then tried to wear his wig in a Canadian court and the judge made him take it off.

 

*Ouch* LOL

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Oh, so the 17th-century-style waistcoats and robes are fine, but a wig -- that's just ridiculous!

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Classy, but i'm sure they're uncomfortable.

 

After having just dropped about $700 on similarly outdated court attire, I'm not too eager to go out and buy a wig.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'll be teary eyed when I put my robes on for the first time and I like the way they look - I just think we'd do fine in a suit and tie.

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I just think we'd do fine in a suit and tie.

 

Heresy!

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Heresy!

 

Well, Wikipedia tells me that Hellen Keller said that "The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next"

 

Ergo de facto...we'll be wearing suits to bed in the next life

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