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How should I dress for court?

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2023 | Criminal Defense

If you have a court date for a criminal charge, it is always in your best interest to make a good impression on the judge. While the court is there to hear the case and the facts, the way you look could influence decisions.

The courtroom is a formal setting. You do not have to go out and buy a suit, but you do need to put your best foot forward. There are two main rules to keep in mind when dressing for court.


Above all else, the most important thing to ensure is that you are clean. Make sure your hygiene is taken care of. Ensure that your clothing is washed and looks well-kept. Your appearance should be neat.


You are not in a fashion show when you go to court. You do not want your clothing to stand out. This is not the time to make a scene or statement with what you wear. Stick to neutral colors. Avoid flashy designs. Stay with the classics, such as a skirt with a sweater and low heels or a pair of khakis and a polo shirt.

It is important to understand that you do not have to buy new clothes. As long as you follow these two general rules, you should be fine. Even if you have to wear a t-shirt and jeans, if it is clean and you avoid anything controversial, you should be fine. When you take care with how you dress for court, the judge will recognize you making the effort. It reflects that you are trying to be respectful.