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Should You Still Dress Up for Court?

Court dress codes for online court hearings should still follow the decorum of hearings held in person. Many courts are conducting hearings online using Zoom, due to safety precautions for the coronavirus pandemic and in some instances lawyers or defendants have not dressed appropriately.

According to The New York Times, one judge in Florida issued a letter to lawyers, stipulating the lawyers and defendants should still observe court dress codes. According to the judge, one male lawyer had appeared shirtless on Zoom. A female attorney had appeared in bed under the covers.

Court Dress Codes—Do's and Don'ts

Dress Code Don'ts

Don’t wear shorts, torn jeans, low cut blouses, T-shirts, tank tops, low hanging pants, baggy pants or see through shirts. Women should not wear short skirts, capris or provocative clothing.

Dress Code Do's

Dress conservatively as if you were going for a job interview or to church or synagogue.

Men's Attire

Women's Attire

Leave your cell phone in your car.

Your appearance in a court hearing establishes your credibility as a witness and can affect the outcome of your case. If you have any questions about dress codes or proper courtroom etiquette, be sure to ask your attorney.

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