Robes make a comeback for family judges – but they’ll remain wigless

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Trialing more formality amid safety concerns

Judges sitting in the Central Family Court will don their robes during hearings as part of a trial to see if more formality is needed in the family courts.

The trial began on Monday this week, and comes after growing concern about “incidents of violent and threatening behaviour experienced by judges and other court users”, HM Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has said.

Wigs won’t be worn however, and lawyers will not be expected to wear robes.

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As part of the trial, a survey will be conducted to assess if robing makes a difference to family court proceedings. The survey will look at the number of behavioural incidents experienced and judges’ perceptions of their own authority and safety.

The three month pilot scheme has been approved by president of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane.

The senior judge hit headlines just last week after adjudicating a case concerning the accidental order for divorce by top London family law firm Vardags after a junior lawyer “click[ed] the wrong button”.



The behaviour of the hoi polloi since Brexit has been truly appalling.


It’s defamatory statements like this that the lefty champagne socialists in their ivory towers like to use to blame ordinary people for their own failings. Brexit was a clear success: for the first time in a generation people in the country can decide their own destiny and not be guided by a Brussels Eurocrat. That must be celebrated.

Strawman police

Usually it’s strawman fallacy but Alan, today you have picked a literal strawman (or men? And women!). A “them” to attack to further your own political agenda (though I’m not sure it amounts to much). To spell this out for you Alan, how on earth do you know that this commenter is left wing at all? Right wing people can’t be classist? I’d love to see you defend that claim. The brexit vote daw stupidity en masse from both political parties, for instance (not sure how the greens voted but you see my point).


It’s “hoi polloi”, not “the hoi polloi”.

Also, get in the bin.


I thought it was Holli Polloli

Strawman police



Suspect is wigless, repeat wigless

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