Oral Answers to Questions — Women in Court (Hat Wearing)

– in the House of Commons on 25th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Burden Mr Thomas Burden , Sheffield Park

asked the Attorney-General whether his attention has been called to a statement by Mr. Justice Hilberry, in the King's Bench Division on 16th November, to the effect that women witnesses and litigants should wear hats in court as in the case of women going into church; and whether, in view of the shortage of materials, and the recent pronouncements by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York that women need not wear hats in church, he has any statement to make?

Photo of Captain John McEwen Captain John McEwen , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

My Noble Friend the Lord Chancellor is in touch with the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls and the President of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division, and I expect to be in a position to make a statement very shortly.