Dress Code for Indian Lawyers

Dress Code for  Advocates

BAR COUNCIL OF INDIA RULES, 1975

FORM OF DRESSES OR ROBES TO BE WORN BY ADVOCATES

CHAPTER IV

(Rules under Section 49(1)(gg) of the Act)

Advocates appearing in the Supreme Court, High Courts, Subordinate Courts, Tribunals or Authorities shall wear the following as part of their dress which shall be sober and dignified: –

I. Advocates other than lady Advocates

(a) A black buttoned up coat, chapkan, achkan, black sherwani and white bands with Advocates’ Gowns, or

(b) A black open breast coat, white shirt, white collar, stiff or soft, and white bands with Advocates’ Gowns.

In either case long trousers (white, black striped or grey) or Dhoti.

II. Lady Advocates

(a) Black and full or half sleeve jacket or blouse, white collar stiff or soft, with white bands and Advocates’ Gowns.

White blouse, with or without collar, with white bands and with a black open breast coat.

OR

(b) Sarees of long skirts (white or black of any mellow of subdued colour without any print or design) of Flare (white, black or black striped or grey) or Punjabi dress churidar-kurta or salawar-kurta with or without dupatta) white or black:

PROVIDED that the wearing of Advocates’ gowns shall be optional except when appearing in the Supreme Court or in a High Court:

PROVIDED FURTHER that in courts other than the Supreme Court, High Court, District Court, Sessions Court or City Civil Court a black tie may be worn instead of bands.