Civil and family court judges in England and Wales will dispense with their wigs next year, although the antique fashion will continue in the criminal courts, the lord chief justice said on Thursday. Judges will also wear the same gowns throughout the year, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers announced. The government will save about $600,000 a year by simplifying court dress and no longer giving new circuit judges an allowance to purchase a full-bottom wig, Phillips says.
Wigs Off for U.K. Civil, Family Judges
The Associated Press
July 13, 2007