All judges wear wigs but their masonic links are more secret
More than 200 judges and over 1,000 magistrates in the UK have owned up to being freemasons.
A government survey reveals that at least 247 judges - or 4.9% of the judiciary - are members of the organisation.
And at least 1,097 - or 6.8% - of justices of the peace also belong to the masons.
The figures were revealed by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, in his appearance before a Commons select committee of MPs.
The survey is still going on and not all those who received forms have yet responded, he told the committee.
Some 64 judges declined to say whether or not they were members of the freemasonry, and 867, or 5.4% of magistrates, refused to state whether or not they were members.