Despite the modern, technologically advanced lifestyle of the United Kingdom, it still has its own unique culture. One aspect of the UK that is often called into question is the wigs that lawyers continue to wear to court, despite the absence of wigs in modern culture.
Wearing wigs is not in the law. Although all lawyers are expected to wear wigs, there is no written law that states that they have to. The reality is that wearing wigs is simply a matter of longstanding tradition, and the UK is proud of its traditions. However, there are many other cited reasons/theories that lawyers wear wigs in the UK courts.
Bringing the Court Self
One cited reason is that the courtroom is not a place for personalities. It is a place for the law. By wearing a wig, the solicitor is indicating that they have left their personal selves outside of the courtroom, and their lawyer self is the one that has arrived at the trial.
Legal proceedings are meant to be limited to the law. There is a belief that the slick hair of a good looking attorney could sway outcome of the trial. By putting on the wigs, the lawyer is able to ensure that their looks do not affect proceedings.
Similarly, the courts were not meant to be personalized. Wigs reduce the reason for the solicitor to pay much attention to their appearance, as though what they look like is important at a trial.
Wigs in the UK Courts
The primary reason for wigs in the UK courts is nothing more than tradition. But the reasons above have often been cited as secondary reasons that keep the tradition alive. It may be strange – and possibly a little silly – but these traditions have existed for centuries and have the added advantages of the reasons listed above.