History of judicial robes

The judge’s new robe

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August 7, 1940: Maurice Linford Gwyer (right), along with Rabindranath Tagore and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan at Santiniketan after the Oxford University Convocation. In July 1937, three months before he assumed office as the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, he wrote a letter to his two future colleagues on the court asking them to think about the clothes they were going to wear in court. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Mukund Ramrao Jayakar. He accepted Gwyer’s “preference for the grey colour” but not his suggestion on ceremonial robes. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Shah Muhammad Sulaiman, Chief Justice of the High Court of Allahabad. He rejected every one of Gwyer’s suggestions with regard to the robes to wear. Photo: The Hindu Archives

How the three judges on the Federal Court wrote to one another about the clothes they were going to wear in court and how their appearance would impact their authority.
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