Dear Sir or Madam,
I notice the 11 new supreme court justices are wearing some rather snazzy new robes.
Can you tell me the total cost of the robes?
Dear Mr Leaton,
Thank you for your e mail of 19 November.
The total cost including VAT of the robes for the 12 Justices of the Supreme Court was £137,956.
You may also be interested to know that the Justices do not wear robes while they sit in court and that this continues the practice of the Law Lords.
However the Justices recognised the need to have a robe for certain ceremonial occasions, such as the opening of Parliament, and ceremonies around the beginning of the legal year. They therefore have robes which are the same shape as classic judges' robes. The robes are made from black brocade with gold lace and some gold ornamentation on the sleeves with the Supreme Court emblem embroidered on the back. They have been designed specifically to last at least 50 years. The robes do not belong to the individual Justices but to the Supreme Court so that they will be passed down from Justice to Justice as individual Justice's service at the Supreme Court comes to an end.
Mrs A Achow
Departmental Records Officer
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
Tel: 020 7960 1983
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