Dress code for lawyers gets stern

January 29, 2013 4:17 pm
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The LSK recently banned mini skirts for female lawyers, although it plans to review some of the laws. Photo/CFM.
The LSK recently banned mini skirts for female lawyers, although it plans to review some of the laws. Photo/CFM.
NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 29 – Lawyers appearing before the High Court have been directed to dress in the official black gown with a plain white collar.

Law Society of Kenya Chief Executive Apollo Mboya said on Tuesday advocates who fail to heed the directive will not be allowed in court.

Speaking in Kisii, Mboya said the resolution was arrived at following a meeting between the Judiciary and advocates of the High Court practicing in Kisii but will apply in all other stations.

“Any advocate who appears in court dressed contrary to the new dress code commits professional misconduct,” Mboya said.

He announced the decision would take effect next Monday.

The consensus between the lawyers and the Judiciary comes barely a week after the LSK revised its dress code allowing women to braid their hair and wear trouser suits to court. Short skirts and sleeveless tops were however disallowed.

The hair braids must be neat and held back from the face with a hair band, ribbon or hair grip when appearing before court.

Wearing of culottes, shorts and jeans are not allowed. Skirts must be of dark colour and at least knee length.

Blouses must also be black, charcoal, grey, navy blue or similar colours and may be printed materials of a combination of the colours together with cream and white.

Shoes that expose the toes of both male and female lawyers are banned unless suffering from a feet ailment when sandals can be allowed. Shoes must be black, grey, navy blue or brown.

The LSK has however announced plans to revise the dress code after numerous complaints from some lawyers.

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