Ceremonial Dress

and Accessories

as

Queen's Counsel

Mr Li's ceremonial dress as a Queen's Counsel consisting of a long wig (with a rectangular wig box for its storage), jabot as neckgear, court coat, waistcoat, silk gown, lace cuffs, white gloves, black breeches, silk stockings and buckled shoes. 

This elaborate form of dress is only worn by a Queen's Counsel on ceremonial occasions such as the annual Opening of the Legal Year. For court appearances, however, the dress of a Queen's Counsel is much simpler, consisting a short wig, wing collar and bands, court coat and a silk gown.

After 1997, this rank was replaced by Senior Counsel, SC. Appointment as SC is made by the Chief Justice under statue. The ceremonial dress and the court dress for SC are the same as that for Queen's Counsel before 1997.

The gown made of silk distinguishes the Queen's or Senior Counsel from the Junior Barrister. Hence, he or she is popularly called "a silk" and appointment to this rank is referred to as "taking silk".

李先生作為御用大律師時出席法律界典禮所穿戴的服飾,包括長假髮(裝載在方形假髮盒内)、白色領帶、燕尾袍、背心、黑絲長袍、花邊衣袖、白手套、黑馬褲、絲襪及鋼扣漆皮鞋。

 

御用大律師只會於出席法律界典禮時才穿著這套講究的服飾,例如每年的法律年度開啟典禮。至於在法庭上,御用大律師的指定服飾就比較簡單,包括短假髮、翼領、白色領帶、燕尾袍和黑絲長袍。

1997年後,御用大律師改稱為資深大律師(簡稱 SC),並由終審法院首席法官根據法例任命。資深大律師出席法律界典禮時所穿戴的服飾和出庭服飾則沿襲御用大律師的服飾,維持不變。


御用大律師或資深大律師穿著的長袍有別於一般大律師,因長袍以絲綢製成,故此御用大律師或資深大律師又稱為「a silk」,而獲任命為御用大律師或資深大律師則稱為「taking silk」。

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