Go Powder Yer Wig in Northern Ireland




A little glimpse at  lawyers in Northern Ireland tells me that their legal costuming looks much the same as that worn in Australia. Exactly the same most likely. Indeed the British tradition is alive and well certainly in the old Commonwealth countries.


Sometimes known as the ‘Captain Cook look’ in Australia, it’s a look based on the head gear worn by Captain Cook and lawyers. Captain Cook is a giant of antipodean history and what he (allegedly) wore on his head is what lawyers wear on their head in court –  the powdered wig.





The Bar of Northern Ireland is ‘the leading provider of advocacy, legal opinion and dispute resolution, supporting solicitors and clients in navigating through complex legal cases. Our Barristers consistently deliver strong, effective representation and creative solutions with the most up to date interpretation and application of case law.’The Law Society of Northern Island’s   ‘powers and duties are to represent and regulate the solicitors’ profession in Northern Ireland with the aim of protecting the public. Under the Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, the Law Society acts as the regulatory authority governing the education, accounts, discipline and professional conduct of solicitors in order to maintain the independence, ethical standards, professional competence and quality of services offered to the public.’




Schools participating in the 2016 Bar Mock Trial


The Citizenship Foundation and the Bar Council of Northern Ireland celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Bar Mock Trial Competition this year.

Schools from across the province worked hard on building their arguments and analysing their case before adopting the roles of barristers, witnesses and juries to run cases live in front of senior members of the Bar and judiciary. The Bar Mock Trial aims to teach students about their rights and better understand the justice system. Congratulations to St Dominic’s who won the Belfast Heat of the competition in the Royal Courts of Justice on the 19th November and to Hazelwood who won ….






Trial and Error – Securing Rights for Victims and Defendants


Tuesday 6th December, Inn of Court, Royal Courts of Justice, 4pmThe event is free however registration is required: RSVP events@barlibrary.comThe pursuit of justice presents unique challenges within the trial process, in ensuring and protecting the rights of both victims and defendants.Drawing on perspectives from the criminal justice system, this event explores conflicting interests within the context of the Human Rights Act, highlighting opportunities for improvement.Come and hear from a variety of speakers, meet like minded passionate professionals and learn more about the work of criminal lawyers and the application of the HRA 1998 in Northern Ireland. The Bar of Northern Ireland offers the perfect opportunity for the sector to come together to celebrate, support and evaluation human rights in our community.We have arranged a line-up of knowledgeable speakers who will share their experiences and stories with the goal of empowering attendees and sharing a unique insight into the workings of courtrooms. What can you expect? …. 





A glimpse into the International Criminal Court


New Queen’s Counsel




The legal implications of Brexit for NI

Barrister holds wig and files


Law Society of Northern Ireland


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