13 May, 2008

To wig, or not to wig?


And the wig debate goes on...


For the record: I like them. I like virtually all the archaic customs of the English legal system and would generally keep most parts. Once we've scrapped a tradition, we cannot go back to it. Before scrapping something, therefore, we should be very sure that the balance of harms merits it. Allowing women and people from ethnic minorities to become barristers is a good reason to scrap a tradition. But where is the harm in wigs?

2 comments:

Android said...

It's funny how barristers want to get rid of them, but solicitor advocates want to wear them :)

Miss Middle of Manchester said...

I can't help but feel it is the solicitors' attraction to them that makes them less desirable to the bar...