Friday, February 28, 2014

How to Dress and Act in the Courtroom

The way a person dresses and behaves in the courtroom can have a significant impact upon their case. Although countless factors are involved in every courtroom proceeding, there are certain steps you can take to help make sure your case receives the best opportunity to achieve the result you want.

If you have a hearing scheduled or your criminal trial is set to begin soon, it’s important to understand the proper ways to appear and act in court.

How to Dress for Court

  • Shower before going to court and make sure hair is nicely styled
  • Dress conservatively and in nice clothing, if possible
  • Men should wear a suit and tie, if they own them
  • Women should wear a pants suit or nice blouse and conservative skirt
  • Avoid wearing all black or bright colors
  • Footwear should also be professional; no sandals or tall heels
  • Try to conceal any visible tattoos and remove facial piercings
  • Women should avoid heavy makeup; a conservative and natural look is more appropriate
  • Men should shave or neatly groom facial hair
  • Avoid excess jewelry; wear only functional jewelry like a wedding ring or wrist watch
  • Make sure overall appearance shows respect to the judge and others in the courtroom

How to Behave in Court

  • Be on time or arrive early, if possible
  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Do not chew gum in the courtroom
  • Remove anything from your pockets that could make noise
  • Do not fiddle with your hands or anything in your pockets
  • Pay attention to whoever is speaking
  • Listen carefully, make sure you understand what is being said, and be prepared to respond, if necessary
  • Speak only when you are instructed or given permission to do so; never interrupt
  • Try to speak in a clear voice that is loud enough for the judge and others in the room to hear
  • Address others with respectful and appropriate titles, such as “Your Honor”, “sir”, or “ma’am”
  • Be polite and respectful to everyone who speaks to you, including the prosecutor and state witnesses
  • Use formal language; don’t speak in slang or profanity
  • Stay calm and be attentive at all times; remember that someone will always be watching you
While the tips listed above can help you prepare for your courtroom appearance, it is important to discuss what you should do with your attorney.

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