Delhi High Court Issued Fresh Circular On Dress Code Of Judicial Officers


The Delhi High Court in the case observed and has revised the Rule which provides for dress code for judicial officers of the district courts and for the practicing lawyers.
The High Court in its circular stated Presiding Officer should be in keeping with the dignity of his office. The court stated that the Shorts and short-sleeves are quite unsuitable for the Presiding Officers of a Court.
Further, the court stated while substituting Rule 30 of the Canons of Judicial Ethics, High Court Rules And Orders (Vol. IV), the full court of the Delhi High Court in the case observed and has resolved that all male judicial officers should wear a white shirt and white band, black coat and grey or white trousers.
The circular issued on June 02, 2023 reads that all the judicial officer would wear the white, black, full/half sleeved, the blouse or shirt, the Sarees white/black/combination thereof, Pants/saIwarichuridar/long skirt (white/black/grey), White collar (stiff/soft), White band and the full sleeved black coat.
Further, the court stated that the dress of the advocates would be the same as it has been provided by the Bar Council of India Rules.
It has also been stated in Rule 30, in its original form which provides different kind of dress codes for subordinate judges, magistrates, district and sessions judges, lady judicial officers etc.
Therefore, the High Court in the case stated as it has been directed by the Hon’ble the Chief Justice and his companion Judges and in partial supersession of the earlier Circular bearing No. II/Rules/OHC dated August 07, 2009, while exercising Rule 30 of the ‘Canons of Judicial Ethics’, the High Court Rules And Orders (Vol. IV) shall be also substituted with a new Rule 30.
The bench headed by Justice Prathiba MSingh in the case observed and has clarified that the advocates appearing before any courts, from city civil courts to Supreme Court, would have to wear of the white bands along with uniform.
However, the court stated that Interns can enter court complexes with black tie, black pants and white shirt as it has been prescribed by the Bar Council of India.
The bench of Justice Singh was hearing a plea moved by a second year law student, wherein it challenged the circular circular issued by Shahdara Bar Association for resolving that the interns practicing at the Karkardooma Courts ought to wear white shirt and blue coat and trousers.