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Comb courts and you'll see no wigs

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM


I write in response to a letter published in the April 19, 2016 edition of The Gleaner titled 'Wigs have no place in modern courts'.

To the best of my knowledge and belief, the requirement for the wearing wigs was discontinued a few years ago: "On April 3, 2013, judges of the Supreme Court of Jamaica dispensed with the colonial tradition of the wearing of wigs, opting instead for new attire consisting of full black robes with vertical stripes in the national colours of black, green and gold. The dispensing of wigs was initiated by the Court of Appeal in December, 2011."

Some attorneys may on special occasions, such as becoming a Queen's Counsel, opt to wear the British wig, but it is no longer a requirement. In my visits to the several courts in Jamaica, I have never seen any of the traditional British wigs; other wigs, though, I have espied from time to time.