Court Rules of Ireland

Order 3: Judges’ robes and mode of address to the judges

ORDER 3

JUDGES’ ROBES AND MODE OF ADDRESS TO THE JUDGES

1. (1) Save as otherwise provided by Statute or these Rules, and subject to sub-rules (2) to (4), the official attire which shall be worn by the Judges during the sittings of the Court shall be as follows:

(a) a black coat and vest of uniform nature and material, of the kind heretofore worn by Senior Counsel and a black gown of uniform make and white bands as heretofore worn or

(b) a black gown of uniform nature and material with sleeves bearing dark red double ribbon banding and a single white neck tab.

(2) A Judge shall not be required to wear a wig of a ceremonial type during such sittings.

(3) The official attire which shall be worn during such sittings by a Judge appointed to the Court after the coming into operation of sub-rule (1) and this sub-rule shall be that specified in paragraph (b) of sub-rule (1).

(4) In proceedings to which Order 59 or Order 59A apply, the Judges shall during the sittings of the Court wear white bands or a single white neck tab.

[SI 433/16]

2. (1) The President of the Circuit Court shall be addressed, in court, by his title in Irish or English and other Judges of the court shall be addressed, in court, individually, in Irish, as ‘A Bhreithimh’ or, in English, as ‘Judge’. Judges of the court may be referred to, in Irish, as ‘An Chuirt’ or, in English, as ‘The court’.

(2) This rule does not affect the existing practice by which Judges of the court shall be addressed or referred to, other than in court, by their respective titles and names, in Irish or in English.

[SI 274/06]