Dressing and Conducting Yourself for the Courtroom

Posted By The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC || 9-Jun-2015

Whether our clients are facing a traffic violation, divorce, or a criminal charge, it is likely that they have little experience inside the courtroom. In fact, few people outside lawyers and judges do and it is normal for clients to wonder how to present themselves so that they do not further complicate their legal issue.

How you dress and conduct yourself in the courtroom may seem beside the point when facing a serious legal issue, but properly presenting yourself can not only improve your image to the judge, but also show that you are giving the judicial process the respect it expects from you. At The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC, we like to impart the following tips to all our clients preparing to face the courtroom.

Attire for Men:

  • "Business casual" dress is always recommended. This includes slacks, button down shirts, shoes, and ties.
  • Avoid sneakers, jeans, and t-shirts.
  • Bright colors, or all black, should be avoided.
  • Make sure hygiene is accounted for. Shower and comb your hair.
  • Facial hair should be shaved or trimmed and kept neat.
  • Keep jewelry minimal. Watches are fine—anything else is excessive.
  • Hats must be removed while in the courtroom.
  • Remove all facial piercings.
  • Cover all concealable tattoos.
  • Cologne is not necessary.

Attire for Women:

  • "Business casual" dress is always recommended. This includes sensible skirts and blouses, or pant suits.
  • Bright colors, or all black, should be avoided.
  • Shoes and hairstyles should be functional and conservative.
  • Keep jewelry and makeup minimal.
  • Perfume is not necessary.
  • Hats must be removed while in the courtroom.
  • Remove all facial piercings.
  • Cover all concealable tattoos.

Conducting Yourself:

  • Always arrive to court early. It is likely you will have to wait for your hearing-- but arriving late can have a negative effect on your case. Use the court website to plan on parking and plan on delays and traffic.
  • Dispose of all snacks and drinks in the waiting area.
  • Turn off your phone and any other personal devices.
  • Remove noisy items (like loose change) from your pockets or purse.
  • Never interrupt. During court proceedings, only speak when addressed by the judge. Speaking out of turn can negatively affect your case.
  • Address the judge as "your honor."
  • Address others as "sir" and "ma'am."
  • Be engaged. Pay attention to who is speaking.
  • Always be polite to all others, including the opposing counsel.

Still have questions? Then it is time to seek counsel from a proven and experienced Dutchess Country attorney. At The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC​, our criminal defense and family lawyer always endeavors to ensure that our clients rights are protected and that they are prepared to face all legal matters—both in and out of court.

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