In New Austerity Measure, Ireland Ends Judicial Wig Requirement

Judges in Ireland are no longer required to wear wigs under a rule change that is designed to save money.

The dyed horsehair wigs cost about $3,000 each, report the Associated Press and the Irish Times. The tradition dates back to the 17th century.

Recent reforms in England and Wales also ended the requirement. Judges there only wear wigs for ceremonial occasions.

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