Hong Kong’s Solicitors Want to Wear the Same Wigs as Barristers


A 17th century British tradition has ignited a feud among Hong Kong lawyers. The city’s solicitors want the right to don judicial wigs — those handcrafted horsehair headpieces worn by barristers when representing clients in higher courts. The solicitors’ request prompted passionate defense from the wig-wearers, who argue that the public would be confused between the two different branches of the legal profession if all practitioners were to wear them, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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According to the South China Morning Post, the city’s top judge ruled last Friday against the Law Society of Hong Kong, which had asked Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, on behalf of its 8,000 solicitor members, to allow them to wear the headpiece known as a peruke or a periwig. Although the disappointed Law Society said it wouldn’t pursue…

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