New Zealand Law Society - Gown hire

Gown hire

Gowns for daily court use

  • Daily hire of $18 per working day
  • 10% discount for more than 10 working days 

Auckland High Court

Gowns can be hired from the Auckland Library daily or for extended periods. We advise booking in advance using this form.

Wellington High Court

Gowns are available for hire at the Wellington Library. We recommend you book in advance to be sure one is available.


Two gowns are available at the Canterbury Library for hire to lawyers (court work only).

Admission ceremonies

Candidates for admission and their moving counsel have the option of wearing traditional court attire (wigs, bands, white shirt and gowns) or gowns over neat clothing.

Neat clothing means dark/black suit, white collared shirt and tie for men and equivalent dress for women. Women should ensure their shirt or blouse is white, and wear black or skin tone stockings with a skirt. Where possible, hair should be tied back.

Applicants and counsel moving may not combine the two options by, for example, wearing a wig and a tie, or bands over a tie. There is no requirement to wear a wig.

See instructions from the Chief High Court Judge.

Admission dress hire

Traditional court attire

NZ wide: Wigs, gowns and bibs, for all ceremonial occasions, can be hired from Academic Dress Hire. Advance booking is essential. Although it is based in Auckland, it offers a country-wide service.

Email or call 09-358 1044.

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