The Significance and Symbolism of the Judicial Robe

Time Period
1764 to 1824
1825 to 1860
1861 to 1876
1877 to 1924
1925 to Today
Media Type
Politics & Government

Why do American judges wear black robes? And what does it mean in our modern court system? Hear what Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas, as well as Virginia state and federal judges and justices, say it means to them.