Why Do Lawyers & Judges Wear Black Coats?


Doctors wear White coats because they signify health and hygiene. White is desirable because they show the stains and maybe indicates once you got to change clothes as soon as they’re stained. Frequent changing gives a far better outcome for the patient. This will ensure that Doctors maintain a clean and sterile environment all the time. Every profession has a certain dress code; the dress code is the symbol of profession. The lawyer profession is considered a noble profession in the world. For example, Doctors are perceived by their white aprons, engineers by their helmets, etc. In this way, lawyers are recognized by their contrasting black and white attire. Despite the fact that the shade of legal counselor’s clothing is similar attorneys have a clothing standard that varies from nation to nation. It is viewed as those attorneys have one of the most exquisite clothing standards contrasted with other professions. While in certain nations like Canada the uniform for legal advisors is a red and white dress. Be that as it may, in the greater part of the nations, the clothing standard is white and black. In some European nations, the legal counselor utilizes a conventional dark-winged coat over their dress. The majority of the legal advisor over the globe wears formal wear in white and black combination.

Historical Background

The origin of the black and white dress code lies in the 17th century. The black and white colour is not chosen randomly. There is a valid logic behind the black and white colour code for the lawyers. In February of 1685, King Charles II died. People started wearing a black and white gown to offer to grieve his demise. From that time this uniform for legal advisors is structured.

Meaning of Black

The black shading was picked in view of two reasons. Initially, hues and colours were not promptly accessible in those days. Purple implied eminence and in this manner, the main inexhaustible texture shading left was black. In any case, the principle explanation for wearing a ‘Black Coat’ is on the grounds that black is the shade of power and authority. Black speaks to accommodation of oneself. Much the same as Priests sport Black to demonstrate their accommodation to God, Lawyers don dark to demonstrate their accommodation to Justice. The shading white implies light, goodness.

Meaning of White

The shading white implies light, goodness, guiltlessness, and purity. As a lawful framework is the main any desire for equity for a typical man, the shading white is picked to speak to him. Legal advisors both the sides-petitioner and respondent wear a comparative clothing regulation. The hugeness of the shading additionally features that law is visually impaired. To state that it is just put together separates with respect to the heaviness of proof and not on some other factor.


Law has a great deal to do with appearance. It is important that the Lawyer can pick up the trust of the client, the Judges, and the Jury. It is appropriately said that the early introduction isn’t the last however rather the enduring impression thus it is basic that the expert dressing empowers a Lawyer to pick up that trust and confidence from the client, the Judges, and individual Lawyers, Jury and the general public at large. Wearing black robes by Lawyers and Judges dates back to 17th Century British practice. The black color is perceived as a symbol of dignity, honor, wisdom, and justice. As Lawyers and Judges need to continue these values and maintain grace and dignity black is prescribed for them. Black or White, they have a symbolic value which is called in the jargon of the Corporate Sector as the concept of Power dressing.

Md Sahabuddin Mondal

Junior Advocate, Calcutta High Court

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