What Judges Around the World Wear in Court

J.J. McCullough, a Canadian political cartoonist has put together a collection of judges’ costumes from around the world. It’s pretty amazing to see them all in one place. Here, of course, is the classic UK getup. This is the Lord High Chancellor, who gets the prettiest lace.

Many of the judges’ robes are a variation on black, though many countries add some lace or a medallion. Somewhat surprisingly, many former British colonies kept the wigs and robes. Many former French colonies likewise kept the funny hats. I like the outfits in Pakistan and Malaysia, which have character and dignity, but are definitely not boring.

Then there is the Supreme Court of Canada:

In Canada, children give their Christmas lists to Supreme Court Justices.

In Canada, children give their Christmas lists to Supreme Court Justices.

I don’t want to spoil the thing by putting up too many images here. McCullough did the work and you should go see the whole collection at his site.

Edit: Bonus picture, from Slapmesillymusic, the Swedish Supreme Court:

Just another day at the office.

Just another day at the office.

(h/t apfpilot on Reddit)

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