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Robing of Counsel in the Federal Circuit Court

Practice Direction: No.1 of 2010

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Introduction

This Practice Direction sets out information in relation to robing of counsel who appear before the Federal Circuit Court.

Practice Direction

This Practice Direction is effective from 06 September 2010.

The following robing requirements apply to the Federal Circuit Court (“the FCC”) in all of its jurisdictions:

  • Barristers will robe in final hearings before the FCC for all judgments, trials, and contested hearings in which oral evidence is to be adduced. Barristers will robe wherever the Court is sitting (including all circuit locations).
  • Barristers should not robe in duty matters or for interim or interlocutory applications (unless such applications form part of a trial or a contested hearing in which oral evidence is to be adduced).
  • Barristers will robe for ceremonial sittings.
  • Wigs, full-bottomed or otherwise, are not worn in the FCC on any occasion.

These arrangements are subject to contrary directions made by the presiding Judge - to take into account (for example) the nature of the venue in which the FCC is sitting, or the unavailability of air conditioning.

 

CHIEF JUDGE JOHN PASCOE
FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT OF AUSTRALIA

 

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