why we wear black coat, gown and white bands ?


hi friends.

why advocates wear black coat, black gown and white  band or collar  ?
what are the purposes and reasons behind it  ?
does they cannotes any special meaning  ?
 
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Advocate.


 



   The history of the black coat dates back to 17th century



England when robes adopted in 1685 were the symbolic of mourning for King Charles II. It was believed that gowns and wigs gave a degree of anonymity to judges and lawyers.


In India, the Advocate’s Act 1961 makes it mandatory for advocates appearing in the supreme court., high courts, subordinate courts, tribunals or authorities to wear a dress that is sober and dignified.


 



The dress code is not merely a status symbol, but brings out discipline among lawyers and gives them the confidence to fight for justice. The dress code also differentiates the lawyers from other professionals.

 
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Lawyer

Besides, Black is the color of authority and power. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. So is the case with lawyers. Their submissions are towards justice.


white band symbolize innocence and purity.


 


 


 
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Lawyer



Besides, Black is the color of authority and power. Black also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. So is the case with lawyers. Their submissions are towards justice.


white band symbolize innocence and purity.

 
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Lawyer

shree is right. as soon as we adorn the coat , gown and band our personality undergoes a subtle change. I have personally experienced it.

 
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Advocate

I am thankful to Shree for giving such an information.

 
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Student

It sounds great to knw the question and the answers.


Shree sir is right.


It is a great forum


Shyla.

 
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Lawyer

How did the concept of 'uniform ' [ as in dress] come into place. ? i think it must have been [ in the early days , to identify people of a clan/race. Imagine a battle where you do not know your foe or friend. so uniform originated there. So that people identified who is on our side and who is not.


In the early days synthetic colours were not available and mostly natural dyes were used. As purple was rare and costly it was only used by the royalty in the roman empires. We read about the ships coming all the way to india for indigo.


Thus certain colours came to be identified by certain professions, mainly because of the purchasing power.


When all the world was busy being colourful , one colour - black stood out and said , i am not touched by this display of colours. I am nuetral and above all this things.


Law is not a flamboyaunt display of our attire but of our knowledge. Hence black may have been chosen.


I may be wrong but shree has rightly pointed out the historical significance.

 
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Lawyer

Scientifically, when all colours are mixed black colour is formed. So black is a summation of all the colours[ groups] .


In a lighter vien if black is thus , then why the craze for being fair? Using fair and lovely?


Seriuously speaking, see how the psyche is influenced. Man [ as in mankind] so readily believes a fair person with straight acquiline nose and pointed features - inspite of there being no relation between features and human behaviour. The reason is from initial days we are taught - black is dirt- dirty.  Enough for now.

 
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confidential

Well said Mr.Salvi. Not only this, the 'Whites have even coloured the angels white and the devils with black' and have created an illusion that everything bad is related to black. That's why we today have black magic etc.

 
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