Judges are to receive new robes designed by a high street fashion designer. The judges’ new robe collection, created in consultation with designer Betty Jackson CBE, hit the catwalk last week (12 May) at the Royal Courts of Justice.
The new civil gowns, which will be worn from 1 October, are mainly black with two stripes of colour on the breast of the robe. The colours on the court dress change with seniority. For the division heads and Court of Appeal judges the flash of colour will be gold, while red is the shade of choice for the High Court judiciary. The judicial office said in a statement that the new dress will demand a substantial one-off payment from the taxpayer, although it will be reflected in the dress allowances given to judges.