How to Dress for Court

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    • Dress in your nicest clothes.
    • Dress conservatively and, when appropriate, wear good quality clothing.
    • If you have a choice, always dress as well as the other people who may appear in court.
    • Always be neat and clean.
    • Wear only functional jewelry (e.g., rings and wrist watch).
    • Avoid wearing items that may identify a personal association with any group, gang or club.
    • Avoid wearing nose rings, hats, or piercing's.

    Courtroom Behavior

    • Be respectful.
    • Avoid being perceived as being silly, cocky, argumentative, bored or defensive.
    • Never chew gum or have related substances in your mouth while testifying. It interferes with clear speech.
    • Show respect to all of the courtroom officials. Be particularly attentive when the Judge is speaking. Listen to what s/he is saying and be prepared to respond, if necessary.
    • If you must address the Court staff, use their respective titles.
      • Addressing the judge: "Your Honor."
      • Addressing the bailiff: "Mr. Bailiff" or "Officer."

    Page Last Modified: 7/8/2009
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