Appropriate attire is mandatory for any appearance in court, whether as a participant in a case, a witness, or an observer. Appropriate attire not only helps maintain decorum but shows respect for our laws and courts.
As a general rule, think of the courtroom as a formal environment. Dress as you would when going for an important job interview. You will be barred from the courtroom if you violate the court dress code. Regardless of how you personally feel about the dress code, please obey the rules.
Suggested Guidelines -
Men: wear shoes with socks; long pants (on pants with belt loops, wear a belt); shirt (tucked in) with or without a jacket
Women: wear shoes; a dress, skirt or long pants; a blouse, sweater or casual dress shirt (if your top is sleeveless, wear a jacket or sweater)
You will NOT be allowed to enter the courtroom wearing the following inappropriate clothing (this may result in default of your civil case):
Hats, baseball caps, curlers
Halter, tube top, spaghetti straps, or low-cut top
T-shirt or muscle shirt
Clothing that exposes your midriff or underwear
Ripped or torn jeans
Baggy pants that fall below your waist
Clothing with an emblem or wording that promotes illegal or inappropriate activity
Clothing that depicts or promotes violence, sex acts, illegal drug use or profanity