Look And Act Like an Adult in Court
When you go to court, you do not want to be seen as a major dude or a woman out on a date. Here is the guide to looking right in the courthouse.
I shouldn't have to lecture you like your mother about how to dress, but either you were not listening when your mother told you this stuff, or she gave up and let you look like a common night walker, if you insisted on going out looking that way. If you look like a man who lives in a refrigerator box or a woman who painted her clothes on because they are so tight, the judge won't like it.
We all draw conclusions about people based on the way they look and talk, and judges are no different. So, if your clothes say "responsible, upstanding man" or "good mommy", before you say a word, the judge starts out with a good impression. If you don't care about giving the judge a good impression, ignore what I am about to say.
There is a certain way that people in authority expect people to dress who are responsible, top shelf and successful. Consider this: The judge is successful and a respected member of the community, so if someone dresses like the judge, then that person is in the judge's own class, and "gets it".
So, for goodness sake, do that! You need every advantage you can get.
The judge doesn't wear a belly button ring or have a tramp stamp on her upper back or ankle. So cover it up if you have one. The judge doesn't wear eyebrow rings or jeans or sneakers in court. So, you shouldn't either. The judge doesn't have a Metallica T-shirt, or a "Yankees Suck" hat, so you shouldn't wear them in court either. The judge doesn't have a "Jesus Saves" tattoo on his arm, so wear a long sleeve shirt.
If you look like a man who lives in a refrigerator box or a common night walker who painted her clothes on, the judge won't like it .
For men, wear a good pair of slacks, preferably dark gray or blue, of good quality cloth and neatly pressed. Thankfully, even if you don't have a lot of money, Wal-Mart, Marshalls, or J.C Penney will come to your rescue. Wear a buttoned white or pale blue oxford or other dress shirt, neatly pressed. Wear a tasteful tie, preferably with a maroon background and a small pattern of dots or lines, nothing garish. If you have a suit or sport coat, so much the better. Wear polished leather shoes, not sneakers.
As to what NOT to wear, no T-shirts, especially wife beaters/muscle shirts. No jeans, no sneakers, no pull over shirts, no loud colors. Oh, and lose the metal anywhere you have it stuck into you. Ask yourself, would I wear this to an important meeting with the president of the United States.
For women, you should dress like you are going to a meeting of the Frumpy-Old-Ladies-Who-Do-Lunch-And-Gardening-Club, and who wear dowdy hats with fruit on them. In other words, dress like a judge would. Do not dress like you are going out on a date with Jason McStudly.
A dress or business suit is best, or a long skirt and nice blouse. Nylons and nice shoes should be worn, too. Make your hair look like you are a librarian. You can use tasteful makeup and jewelry to enhance your beauty. Remember, you want to impress the judge with your responsibility and wisdom as a mother.
As to what NOT to wear: Anything informal or that makes you look like a cheap date. Avoid short skirts, any metal beyond small earrings, sneakers, tight clothes, jeans, tops that show cleavage, and anything garish. Look like little Miss Muffett, not Madonna.
There you have it. Dress like the judge, or his or her wife or husband, and you will find more favor in the judge's eyes.