Guidelines on the Wearing of Robes in Open Court Proceedings

In general, counsel must wear robes in all open court hearings and proceedings if any judge is physically present in the courtroom. This is applicable even if counsel are using a live video or live television link.

(i) Open Court Proceedings in the Court of Appeal and Non-Trial Criminal Proceedings in the High Court

These hearings are mostly conducted via video conferencing with the Judge(s) seated remotely. As such, counsel are not required to wear their robes, unless otherwise notified.

(ii) Open Court Non-Trial Civil Proceedings (such as Bulk Lists and Winding Up Matters) and Civil and Criminal Trials in the High Court

Such hearings and proceedings are typically conducted physically by the Judges in the courtrooms, unless notice is given for remote hearing. Counsel are required to wear robes when judges are physically present in the courtrooms.

The above guidelines are to be adhered to by all counsel appearing in open court hearings and proceedings at the Supreme Court, unless otherwise instructed by the Legal Registry at the Supreme Court.