The Court of the City of London Aldermen was established in 1200. Aldermen were elected representatives of city wards, "sworn to take counsel on behalf of the City, together with the Mayor." The court had responsibilities over the city livery companies and had the right to present petitions directly to the Crown. They were also involved in the election of the Lord Mayor. The traditional costume of an Alderman is a red or indigo fur trimmed gown, with chain and black silk cap.