How to Dress For Court


If you find yourself in court there are some rules which must be followed.  One of those must-follow rules is the dress code. The federal courts are much more strict, requiring a dress shirt and tie and usually a coat for men, and a similar level of dress for women.

In most state courts, men should wear a nice pair of slacks and a dress shirt.  A sports coat or suit may be worn but is not required.  Closed-toe shoes and sock should be worn.

Women should wear a dress, skirt and top or slacks with a nice top.

Military personnel can  wear their military uniform. 

Do not wear:

  • A hat
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirts with inappropriate messages (alcohol, drugs, vulgar language or politically incorrect language) or muscle shirts
  • Halter top
  • Tank tops (or other skimpy tops)
  • Gang colors or attire
  • Tube tops or anything with a plunging neckline
  • Shorts
  • Flip flops
  • Do not show the midriff

Please not that the  rules can vary from court to court and you should always verify the rules of attire before appearing.

Always be neat and clean.  If you are not dressed properly, the court may take it as a sign of disrespect and many judges will make you leave and change clothes, or even reschedule you for another day.

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