The Chief High Court Judge, Justice Winkelmann, has written to the New Zealand Law Society to clarify the requirements for the required standard of dress for ceremonies for admission as a barrister and solicitor.
Justice Winkelmann says concern has been raised with her regarding variable practice between registries as to the required standard of dress at admission ceremonies.
"It has been reported to me that some admittees are being told they must wear traditional court attire at admission ceremonies," she says.
"I have reminded registries that the general approach in connection with court attire for admission ceremonies is that candidates for admission and their counsel moving have the option of wearing traditional court attire (wigs, bands, white shirt and gowns) or gowns over neat clothing. Neat clothing means dark suit, white shirt and tie for men and equivalent dress for women (women to ensure their shirt or blouse is white)."
Justice Winkelmann says applicants and counsel moving the admission may not combine the two options by, for example, wearing a wig and a tie, or bands over a tie.
"Applicants are requested to remind their counsel moving of these requirements," she says.