Sometimes, a good image is all you need to get you through the day.
And on this Change of Venue Friday, I’m operating on that principle. Occasionally, an image is so gripping, so arresting, that its appearance can transform your day from *yawn* to Wow. Kind of like:
Thank you to Dianna Náñez and Kerry Lengel for the great pic.
But no, that’s not the image I want to share. Today’s legal blog post is connected to judges and the ways they dress. It’s related to a post I wrote a few weeks ago about a crackdown on judge-robe-variety by the Florida Supreme Court. The post allowed me to recall Chief Justice Rehnquist’s golden chevrons.
After that post, I heard from Nedra Brown, a former State Bar of Arizona colleague. An attorney herself, she is now the Registrar (regulator) for the Ontario Association of Architects. And she reminded me about the amazing sartorial choices of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Here they are, in all their glory:
Who’s in the picture? Nedra explains:
Top Row L-R: The Honourable Clément Gascon; The Honourable Andromache Karakatsanis; The Honourable Richard Wagner; The Honourable Suzanne Coté
Bottom Row L-R: The Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell, The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella; The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada; The Honourable Marshall Rothstein; and the Honourable Michael J. Moldaver.
Nedra also provided me a list of what you have to wear to be admitted, the “Required Court Apparel For Call.” She explained, “Every candidate for call to the bar must appear before Convocation in full court apparel, which consists of:
- black shoes
- black or dark grey socks or black, dark grey or natural hose
- black, dark grey or dark grey striped trousers or skirt
- black gown vest
- black gown
- white shirt with stiff wing collar and white tabs”
I’ve never argued before any Supreme Court (never say never!), but I think the Supreme Court of Canada is now in my Top Two.
More closeup detail about what barristers have to wear to court is here, via Imperial Robes.
And if you’re in need of legal garments, Harcourts may be your haberdasher.
Thank you, Nedra! And everyone, enjoy your weekend—bewigged or not.Follow @azatty