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Sierra Leone's Superior Court judiciary is made up of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court of Justice. 

As in other British colonies, judges are often addressed as "My lord" or "Your ladyship" and other court officials are referred to as "Master" or "Your Worship."

Although former British colonies such as Kenya and India have either completely retired or scaled back use of judicial wigs, Hong Kong and Sierra Leone remain attached to this centuries-old British custom.

On Nairaland, a forum for Nigerians online, one commentator wrote:

Judicial wigs, which once served as the clearest signpost of [an] hierarchical order that afforded most citizens no access to the law, clearly has no place in modern Nigeria. Along with those gowns - adopted  in 1685.


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