Blog: Trekkies revel at new civil gown

Joe Ayling | 14 May 2008

The introduction of a simplified civil gown for UK court judges has drawn interest from an unexpected audience - Star Trek Fans.

Fashion designer Betty Jackson CBE was design consultant for the new gown, which arises from reforms to court dress announced last July.

Amazingly, dedicated websites like Trek Nation, are likening the gown's design to Captain Picard's outfit in "Next Generation", only without the pockets.

The new civil gown replaces wigs, wing collars and bands for Court of Appeal and High Court judges sitting in open court in civil and family proceedings from October.

Circuit Judges sitting as deputy High Court judges will also wear the new gown, but the remainder of the Circuit Bench have opted to stick with their current gown and tippet (less the wig, wing collar and bands).

Perhaps they're hanging on for the Deep Space Nine and Voyager replicas...

Joe Ayling, news editor.

See the new civil gown for yourself


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