Practice Note – Gowns in DC

PRACTICE NOTE – COUNSEL DRESS IN DISTRICT COURT JURY TRIALS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Counsel should utilise a gown carry bag to avoid the draping of gowns around the courtrooms.

RJ Johnson
Chief District Court Judge
11 November 2010