What Should I Wear to Court?

Business casual is usually the safest choice; it is better to be overdressed than underdressed for court. You don’t necessarily need to wear a suit, but you should avoid wearing clothes that are too casual. You want to present the best image you can to the court. This will help your lawyer in their representation on your behalf.

For a man, nice slacks and a long-sleeved, collared shirt are recommended. You might also want to wear a sport coat; it can get chilly in the courtroom. Do not wear jeans unless they are the only long pants that you own; khakis or dress slacks are fine. Do not wear shorts. Some courts will not allow you in with shorts. Dress shoes are a good choice; sneakers are acceptable, but sandals, flip flops and open-toed shoes are not. Unless you wear headwear for religious purposes, leave the hats at home. A good rule to follow is to wear something you would feel comfortable wearing to church.

For a woman, a nice dress or a woman’s business suit, skirt or slacks and blouse are also fine, but they should be modest and conservative. Avoid wearing sandals or open-toed shoes; wear flat shoes or ones with small heels. If wearing jewelry, remember you will have to go through a metal detector to enter the courthouse. Take a jacket or sweater, as most courtrooms can be chilly. Do not overdo the makeup. Again, a good rule to follow is to wear something you would wear to church.

Setting a good impression means not setting a bad impression; don’t wear torn or dirty clothing, clothes that are too tight or too baggy, or shirts with offensive or suggestive sayings. What you wear to your court appearance can say a lot about you. Show the judge respect by acting and dressing appropriately. If you or a loved one needs a Palmdale criminal defense attorney, contact our office. We would be glad to answer your questions and assist you. You can call us at 661-267-1313.