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Why Lawyers Put on Wigs in Court: See Reasons

Have you been wondering why lawyers put on wigs? If yes then you are in the right place. In this short article, i will clearly explain and point out some of the reasons why lawyers wear wigs even till today. Just make sure you read this article assiduously so that you won’t miss any information contained in this page.

The culture of lawyers putting on wigs as part of their courtroom dress code came as a result of the prevailing practices of that period. Basically, it can be rightly said that it has its roots in fashion.

Why Lawyers wear wigs?

Below are some of the reasons why lawyers put on wig:

1. There were people who wore wigs in order to hide the fact that they were getting bald. These set of people were usually wealthy like Louis xiv because wigs were costly during that period.

2. There were those who wore wigs as to prevent people from knowing that they shaved their hair, because there was a prevalent infestation of lice and other diseases in those days.

Most common wealth countries still entertain the wearing of wigs and gowns in their courts. Nigeria is a case study. In Nigeria, all the lawyers and judges still wear wigs during proceedings; however, this is dependent on the court they are appearing in. For instance, in the magistrates courts, lawyers are not required to appear on wigs and gowns while pursuing a suit.

But the full robe of wig and gown is required in other courts starting from the high court upwards.

Not until the 17th century, lawyers were expected to appear in court with clean, short hair and beard. Portraits of judges from the early 1680’s still show judges who had their natural hair with no wigs on. It was Charles 11 who was the king of the United Kingdom from 1660 to 1685 who returned from France and brought with him the trend of putting on periwig from Louis xiv’s court; and from then on, the English society adopted the trend as did barristers.

However, wigs in those days were also worn for some other reasons

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