Dress Code


Form of dresses or robes to be worn by Advocates......


Part VI Chapter IV of Bar Council of India Rules
(Rules under Section 49(1) (gg) of the Advocates 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
a black buttoned up coat, chapkan, achkan, black sherwani and white bands with Advocates’ Gowns.
(b) a black open breast coat, White shirt, White collar, stiff or soft, and white bands with Advocates’ Gowns. In either cases wear long trousers (White, Black Striped or grey) or dhoti excluding jeans.
Provided further that in courts other than the Supreme Court, High Courts, District Courts, Sessions Courts or City Civil Courts, a black tie may be worn instead of bands.
II Lady Advocates
Lady Advocates may wear either the dress prescribed in Sub-Rule (b) or the following:
(a) Black full 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 breasted coat.
(b) Sarees or long skirts (white or black or any mellow or subdued colour without any print or design) or flare
(white, black or black stripped or grey) or Punjabi dress churidar kurta or Salwar-Kurta with or without dupatta (white or black) or traditional dress with black coat and bands.
III Wearing of Advocates’ gown shall be optional except when appearing in the Supreme Court or in High Courts.
IV Except in Supreme Court and High Courts during summer, wearing of black coat is not mandatory.
These amendments have been approved by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India vide letter dt. 12-11 -2001 subject to the incorporation of ‘except in Supreme Court and High Court during summer wearing a black coat is not mandatory’ which is now added as Rule IV given above.
The amended rules in chapter IV, part VI of the Bar Council of India Rules relating to “Form of Dresses or robes to be worn by Advocates” had been communicated to the State Bar Councils vide our circular No. 6/2002 dated 25.01.2002. The Bar Council of India at its meeting dated 23rd/24th February, 2002 considered the doubts raised relating to dress rules and after consideration the following decision has been taken:
“In the change brought about in the dress rules, there appears to be some confusion in so far as the sub courts are concerned. For removal of any doubt it is clarified that so far as the courts other than Supreme Court and High Courts are concerned during summer while wearing black coat is not mandatory, the advocates may appear in white shirt with black or striped or grey pant with black tie or band and collar”.