What To Wear To Your Court Hearing

People in appropriate court attire.

What To Wear To Your Court Hearing

Whether or not you’ve been to court before, appearing for your own hearing can be nerve-wracking. Knowing what to wear and how to compose yourself can help ease your nerves and keep you feeling as comfortable as possible.

Generally, you don’t want to underdress or overdress for a court appearance. For men, an outfit such as golf attire is appropriate. For women, dressy casual is appropriate, such as a nice blouse and nice jeans or tailored pants. There is no need to dress formally. Wearing a suit and tie, or a formal dress, can end up with you feeling uncomfortable or overheated. If you are appearing for a trial, it is acceptable to be slightly more formal.

Footwear matters! Court appearances will have you walking quite a bit. Wearing sensible shoes is key. In particular, high heels should not be worn.

It is never acceptable to show too much skin when in court. Midriffs should not be exposed and underwear should never be visible.

While tattoos and piercings are fine, those that are offensive, controversial, aggressive, or have marijuana-related content should be covered up. Similarly, clothing that displays any of this content (graphic tees, patches) should not be worn.

Do not bring overtly expensive accessories to court. This can include expensive watches and top-label handbags. In some cases, doing so can bring into question certain parts of your defense.

Most importantly, show up to your court appearance at least half an hour early and sober!

At Rideout Law Group, our attorneys will always speak with you prior to court appearances to review expectations and calm your nerves.



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