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Traditional Barristers wig to be scrapped

Sunday, April 7th, 2002

Don’t let the EU take away Rumpole’s wig
The death knell is being sounded for the barrister’s trusty wig as Lord Chief Justice Woolf submits proposals for the more modern ‘Euro-gown’ to be used in British courts.  His plan has been much derided by traditionalists ….  Take away Rumpole’s wig and it may be another step down the primrose path to Euro-trials.
(The Mail on Sunday, 7 April 2002, page 63)

The headline writers of this Mail on Sunday story clearly did not even bother to spend the time reading their own copy.  If they had done so, they would have realised that this proposal has nothing whatsoever to do with the European Union.  It may be that Lord Chief Justice Woolf has made certain proposals for the use of wigs and gowns, but the suggestion that the EU is somehow responsible is completely incorrect and misleading.

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