§ Lord Patten
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What are the number and types of judicial robes that a High Court judge is expected to acquire upon appointment; and what sums are available from public funds for their purchase. [HL2439]
§ The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg)
On appointment a High Court judge is expected to acquire robes for summer and winter use and also robes for ceremonial use. A High Court judge is entitled to an allowance of £13,954 towards the cost.
I intend to publish on 8 May a public consultation paper on court working dress worn by judges, advocates and court staff. I wish to determine the views of the general public on these matters, as well as those of the judiciary, lawyers and court staff.