UK: Civil and family judges to lose their wigs

Civil and family court judges in England and Wales will dispense with their wigs next year, although the antique fashion will continue in the criminal courts, the lord chief justice said Thursday. Judges will also wear the same gowns throughout the year, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers announced. Britain's judges and lawyers have worn horsehair wigs of tight, white curls since the 17th century. In the family civil courts, judges and lawyers will not only go without wigs, but will dispense with wing collars, effective Jan. 1, Phillips announced.