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 Judge’s Black Cap.Ju’dica (Latin). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Judges’ Robes.
 
In the criminal courts, where the judges represent the sovereign, they appear in full court dress, and wear a scarlet robe; but in Nisi Prius Courts the judge sits merely to balance the law between civilians, and therefore appears in his judicial undress, or violet gown.   1
 


 Judge’s Black Cap.Ju’dica (Latin). 

 
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