How to Dress for Court
- 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.
- 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."