Practice Note – Gowns in DC
PRACTICE NOTE – COUNSEL DRESS IN DISTRICT COURT JURY TRIALS
- This direction in relation to dress of Counsel in jury trials held in District Courts in New Zealand will take effect on 28 February 2011.
- All Counsel appearing as Counsel in a jury trial in a District Court in New Zealand are required to wear a Barrister’s gown appropriate to their rank as a Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand.
- For the avoidance of doubt, gowns shall not be worn for sentencing, indictable or otherwise, unless that sentencing follows immediately upon a verdict, with or without a short adjournment, nor will they be worn for the hearing of applications before trial or for trial callovers.
- Counsel should utilise a gown carry bag to avoid the draping of gowns around the courtrooms.
Chief District Court Judge
11 November 2010