Rumpole's Red Bag - On the British legal drama THE
RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY/THA/1977-92, Leo McKern stars as the portly, aging
barrister who defends clients at the 'Old Bailey' in London. When he goes to
court he carries a red bag that contains his wig and robes.
The red bag (awarded by a Queen's Counsel) signifies a lawyer has performed
exceptionally as a junior barrister in some legal case. Regular novice
barristers carry their robes and wig in a blue bag.