If you dress inappropriately, you may be asked to leave the courtroom. Appropriate attire, whether as a participant in a case, a witness, or an observer, shows respect for the judge who will be deciding the case. As a general rule, you should think of the courtroom as a formal environment. Dress as you would when going for an important job interview or to church.
Men: wear shoes with socks; long pants (on pants with belt loops, wear a belt); collared shirt (tucked in) preferably with a tie, with or without a jacket.
Women: wear shoes; a dress, skirt (preferably no more than two inches above the knee) or long pants; a blouse, sweater or casual dress shirt.
Do not wear
- halter or tube top
- see-through top
- flip flops
- clothing that exposes your midriff or underwear
- ripped or torn jeans
- baggy pants that fall below your hips
- clothing with an emblem or wording that promotes illegal or inappropriate activity
- clothing that depicts or promotes political views, religion, racisim, prejudice, violence, sex acts, illegal drug use or profanity