Supreme Court does away with Black Gowns for Lawyers and Judges to keep Coronavirus at bay


The Supreme Court is expected to alter the dress code of judges and lawyers. They can now appear before the court without jackets and gowns to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Chief Justice of India took this decision to change the dress code after observing that the robes and jackets were more vulnerable to coronavirus infections.

The CJI told senior lawyer Kapil Sibal during a video conference hearing that he was of the view that judges, lawyers should not wear jacket and gown for the time being as it “makes it easier to catch virus”.

Meanwhile, judges were seen sitting in the Supreme Court on Wednesday wearing only black pant, white shirt and a judicial band.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was also seen appearing before the bench without the gown in a hearing.

Following the lockdown in March, the Supreme Court moved to hearing cases only through video conferencing.