Clients ask me all the time: what should I wear to court?
I advise clients to wear an outfit that they feel comfortable in, that conveys respect for the court, and that is something they consider appropriate to wear to an interview for an office job. I wear a suit to court (black or dark grey usually), so I don’t have to put too much thought into what I am going to be wearing each day.
For people who don’t attend court regularly, I will be publishing two blogs later this month about what to wear to court (one for men and one for women).
This blog is about what not to wear to court. I have actually seen people wearing all of the items listed below to court over the years. If you are heading to a day in court, do not wear the following:
- T-Shirts (especially with offensive language or drug references – sorry Allie, no hello Kitty T-Shirts either);
- Exercise clothing (no lululemon);
- Clothing showing lots of skin (sleeveless shirts, short shorts/skirts, low cut tops, stomach bearing tops, anything showing your underwear or tattoos);
- Flip-flops and beachwear;
- Hats, sunglasses, excessive jewellery;
- Clothing that is too small or too large;
- Political apparel (what if the judge does not share your enthusiasm for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and PETA?);
- Stained, ripped and dirty clothing; and
- Sports jerseys.
Some other ettiquite points to consider when attending court include:
- Turn off your cell phone (if you absolutely cannot miss a call put it on vibrate);
- Do not listen to music (no i-pod, no ear buds);
- Arrange child care well in advance so you do not have to bring your children to court with you;
- Avoid chewing gum;
- Do not bring food or drinks (aside from water) into the court room;
- Do not smoke; and
- Be on time.