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Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Johnnyessence(m): 10:16am On Sep 13, 2019
In Nigeria, the Rule of Professional Conduct for the legal profession Rule 6(b) provides as follows:

“While the court is in session, a lawyer should not assume an undignified posture, and should not, without the judge’s permission, remove his wig and gown in the courtroom. He should always be attired in a proper and dignified manner, and abstain from apparel or ornament calculated to attract attention to himself.” (Underlined and bolded for emphasis)

From the clear wordings of the above Rules of Professional Conduct, it is clear that no particular dress code was specified by the Rules. The Rules appear to have been lifted from the Code of Conduct of England and Wales which never spelt out what a Barrister’s dress code should be; it only stated “Respectable dress”. In England, today by convention rather than regulation, dark suits, black jacket and pinstripes, wig and gown, are traditionally worn in court by men, while lady barristers wear dress and no slacks.

At the time of writing, we could not lay hands on any specific regulation by any of the Authorities of the legal profession that specifies in detail, what the dress code of legal practitioners in court will be like in Nigeria. therefore from all indications, it is to be assumed that the English lawyers’ conventional dressing code was silently adopted in Nigeria. Perhaps that is why male lawyers in Nigerian courts by convention wear dark suits (preferable black), white shirts (winged collar or white detachable collars) and a white bib, black socks and black shoes; stripped black trousers may be worn. Female lawyers on the other hand wear white blouse, dark jacket (preferably black) and black skirts, covering knees (dark suit) and black shoes with white collarette and bib.

The concern of this write-up is basically the basis of prohibiting female lawyers from wearing trousers in court. One wonders why it is prohibited in court. Perhaps it is meant for decency purposes. If our assumption is correct, then there is an error here. Of course it is imperative for Legal Practitioners to dress appropriately in a manner that promotes respect for the Legal Profession as well as enhance the dignity of Nigerian Courts, but prohibiting trousers is what seems odd. If trouser is bad because it exposes sensitive parts of female body, there are skirts that are worse. It is submitted that trousers are far more decent than skirts as the latter gives more avenue for ladies to expose their body than the former. It is further submitted that with wig and gown, it is not possible for trouser, no matter how bad it is, to attract the attention of anyone in the first place because it would definitely be covered by the gown.

One may go further to ask, is a lawyer not entitled to wear anything that suits him, in so far as it is neat and dignified? Where a judge refuses in court to hear out a female lawyer because she is wearing a trouser, would it not be an infringement of the lawyer’s client’s right to fair hearing as enshrined in the Constitution? Why trying to hinder or fetter a lawyer’s right to self-expression, which right is guaranteed under Section 39(1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Every citizen of Nigeria, and indeed every lawyer, is entitled to express himself in any wear which in his own opinion is suitable to him, in so far as it is modest. It is our view that what matters in the administration of Justice is the need to ensure that substantial justice is done in all cases. What a lawyer decides to put on, is immaterial.

Kenechi Obele who happens to be a lawyer, tax practitioner, corporate Masters of Ceremony (MC) described the situation in the following words:

“The legal profession is still rooted in archaic and technical practices. For one, I see no reason why women should not wear trousers to court nor why female lawyers and judges are referred to as ‘men in skirt’ and ‘sir’.” (Underlined and bolded for emphasis)

It is submitted that total prohibition of trousers is unjustifiable. Just the way skirts are regulated that is how trousers ought to have been regulated by stipulating that it should not be tight exposing the shape of their sensitive parts. it is high time the Nigerian Bar Association address this dress code issue as the continued Prevention of lawyers from wearing trousers gives the impression that the legal profession is misplacing a priority in that regard.

TheNigeriaLawyer Editorial.

https://thenigerialawyer.com/nigerian-female-lawyers-should-be-allowed-to-wear-trousers-in-court/

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Johnnyessence(m): 10:16am On Sep 13, 2019
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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by SimDan95(m): 10:43am On Sep 13, 2019
Mini skirts are better at least it will hope avenue to allow the judge rock an erection, that will make him focus more on what the lawyer is saying.





Don't quote me I don't know what I'm saying

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Nobody: 1:28pm On Sep 13, 2019
I must state the obvious that we are still making use of alot of archaic practices in Almost every Sector of the Country

Not just the legal sector but every other sector in Nigeria. From the health with no electronic birth and death registration,to the security and their outdated ak47s , to government parastatals and their bureaucracies with manual file keeping ,etc .Then now the legal sector with the wig. The wig which most legal systems have long dropped.

However it is important to note that. Wearing trousers to court doesn't add nor remove from the case at hand. And if we look at it from the perspective of morality. I am of the opinion that female lawyers should stick to skirt.

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Sunofgod(m): 1:29pm On Sep 13, 2019
Lai Lai...they must stick to protocol.

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Trex4(m): 1:29pm On Sep 13, 2019
Which means women can wear both trousers and skirts while men would only wear trousers.... Inequality! In the court for that matter!

If this is implemented men should be allowed to wear shorts to balance the equation. But then women would also want to be allowed to wear bum shorts too.... In Fact this Is confusing sef.....


I'm Just joking sha grin

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Flexherbal(m): 1:30pm On Sep 13, 2019
It's about to get ...
Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Godsfavour78: 1:30pm On Sep 13, 2019
Is this the major problem of Nigeria and Nigerians right now?

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by OyiboPep: 1:31pm On Sep 13, 2019
Whatever you guys want to do, do.
Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by ccollins(m): 1:31pm On Sep 13, 2019
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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by ricki: 1:32pm On Sep 13, 2019
you want to go inside the church (court) wearing trouser(breaches) that belong to men only??

Deuteronomy 22:5

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Nobody: 1:33pm On Sep 13, 2019
rubbish. hw dat one take concern me
Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Pusyiter(m): 1:33pm On Sep 13, 2019
Let's foolishly keep leaving the issues bedeviling the legal profession and keep chasing shadows
Nonsense. What has apparel got to do with jurisprudence?

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by delamb01: 1:33pm On Sep 13, 2019
Even now that they are wearing skirts our judges are distorting law and justice, that means if they allowed to put on trousers our judges will be judging in utter confusion

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by solmusdesigns: 1:33pm On Sep 13, 2019
we need real reform in our judiciary and not what they wear
Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Sterope(f): 1:34pm On Sep 13, 2019
Yes undecided
Godsfavour78:
Is this the major problem of Nigeria and Nigerians right now?
Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Sterope(f): 1:35pm On Sep 13, 2019
Exactly, why do men bother themselves about women on trousers then?


Pusyiter:
Let's foolishly keep leaving the issues bedeviling the legal profession and keep chasing shadows
Nonsense. What has apparel got to do with jurisprudence?
Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Promxy94(m): 1:36pm On Sep 13, 2019
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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by nwamabo247(m): 1:36pm On Sep 13, 2019
Supported they should allow. please nairalanders help a brother in need
Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by Okoyeebos: 1:38pm On Sep 13, 2019
Johnnyessence too wants female lawyers to wear trousers in court.

From Eleka to Adeleke to Atiku. You gave your numerous ignorant opinions which are legally retarded. Now, you've moved on to female lawyers.

The funny thing is that it is possible Atiku made people with your level of IQ his lawyers.

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by IMISSABROAD(f): 1:39pm On Sep 13, 2019
Mr. Woman, please you can even tie rapper to court. But make sure you appear only in Area Court and not in my court.

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by JONNYSPUTE(m): 1:42pm On Sep 13, 2019
Godsfavour78:
Is this the major problem of Nigeria and Nigerians right now?
Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by JONNYSPUTE(m): 1:42pm On Sep 13, 2019
Godsfavour78:
Is this the major problem of Nigeria and Nigerians right now?
. That's to show you how stupid and senseless some people can be.

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by SOFTDRINK: 1:43pm On Sep 13, 2019
So, of all the troubles bedevilling the Judiciary in Nigeria,it's the issue of women wearing trousers to court is in the front burner?


Some Nigerians are very good in chasing shadows and leaving the crux of the matter.

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by ppreye(m): 1:44pm On Sep 13, 2019
Slay Queens have been called to the bar. Whilst at it they should demand for crop top and open back. Since we are al mad grin.

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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by nkemdi89(f): 1:44pm On Sep 13, 2019
I attended a court burial, and a magistrate was about to tender an evidence, she wasn't allowed to, because she was putting on trouser and another magistrate had to replaced her
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Re: Nigerian Female Lawyers Should Be Allowed To Wear Trousers In Court by SniperSmurf(m): 1:44pm On Sep 13, 2019
The trouser may be too tight and distract the Judge.

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