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 Judge’s Black Cap.Ju’dica (Latin). 
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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