Robing of Counsel

The following robing practices apply in the Federal Court, unless a judge otherwise orders, having regard to the nature or circumstances of a particular matter:

Wigs, full-bottomed or otherwise, are not worn on any occasion.

Robes, and any related attire, are worn for:

  • trials
  • appeals
  • all other final hearings, including the final hearing of a separate issue
  • and for delivery of judgment after all such hearings.

Robes are not worn for any other hearing, including the hearing of an interlocutory issue and matters before a Federal Court Registrar.

In the event of doubt, enquiry should be made of the associate to the presiding judge.