How to Best Present Yourself in Court

Hi there,

I am sitting in court waiting (lawyers do a LOT of waiting).  It’s going to hit 90 degrees and it’s extra busy today.  I am having a major “what not to wear” moment, so this post is about how to best present yourself in court.

First, be on time.  The odds are good you will have to wait, but if you aren’t on time you risk having your matter heard without you.  If you don’t know how to get to the courthouse and the courtroom, do a dry run a couple of days early.  Most court proceedings are open to the public so you can sit in and watch what happens.

Second, remember that your appearance really counts.  You show respect for the judge by wearing proper, respectable, clean clothing.  Today and usually, I am seeing folks in outfits (costumes?) that will hurt them before they open their mouths.  Do NOT wear tummy bearing outfits, cleavage that leaves little or nothing to the imagination, no shorts – Bermudas or otherwise, no mini skirts that you can’t sit down in, no beach cover-ups etc, you get the point!  And guys, none of those wide pants that fall off of you (I just rode up in the elevator with a gentleman who was trying to “rebuild” his after going through security and I saw waaaay too much of his grey flannel underwear (not pretty!).  Also, no t-shirts, especially with rude slogans.

Finally, do not chew gum, you will be asked to remove it.  Stand up when the judge enters and leaves, and when you speak.

Good luck!