Alexandra Wilson gives a child-friendly take a look at the bar
A junior member of the bar has appeared on a youngsters’s TV present to clarify what barristers are and why they put on wigs.
Within the newest episode of What’s on Your Head?, which explores the issues folks put on on their heads in several jobs and cultures world wide, and premiered on CBeebies yesterday, 5 St Andrew’s Hill barrister Alexandra Wilson started with the bar fundamentals.
“A barrister is somebody who works within the legislation, which is a algorithm that apply to everybody, even adults,” stated Wilson, who specialises in prison and household legislation. “Attorneys know all of those guidelines and may also help adults in the event that they overlook what they’re.”
She additionally defined the function of basic courtroom headwear — however not earlier than a gaggle of kids may hazard a guess.
“I feel it’s a mattress for a canine,” stated one little one, seen holding a barrister’s wig.
“It’s a basket,” guessed one other.
“I feel it’s some kind of hat that Romans used to put on,” one other little one added.
“The wig that barristers put on is a logo of how severe the job that they’re about to do is,” stated Wilson, also called the ‘Essex Barrister’ on Twitter, the place she has over 45,000 followers. “My wig is definitely fairly comfy — I assumed it will be actually itchy, however it’s not.”
The barrister then regarded again on how she felt after first sporting a wig. “I used to be in a really particular wig store in London. We had been in entrance of a giant mirror, me and my grandma, and as I put it on, it felt actually, actually magical,” she mirrored.
Wilson additionally referenced making nationwide headlines final yr after being repeatedly mistaken for a defendant in court. “Often, I am going into the courtroom with no need to put on my wig. Generally the folks within the courtroom have thought that I’m the individual in hassle due to the best way that I look,” she stated, persevering with:
“It’s one of many causes that I like sporting my wig a lot, as a result of once I put on it everybody is aware of that I’m there to do my job. I do want that folks may see me as a barrister with out me having to put on it.”
Wilson, who final yr authored a e-book on race and sophistication within the justice system, additionally provided perception into her long-term profession ambitions. “At some point, I’d prefer to put on one other very particular wig that may be a bit longer than this one, and people wigs are for judges. I wish to be the one who decides what’s proper and what’s incorrect. However I’ll must work very onerous to get there.”
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