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How Should I Dress For A Legal Proceeding?

So you have to attend a legal proceeding. Maybe it’s a deposition or a court hearing. Maybe you were a witness, or maybe it’s for any injury you sustained? Maybe you have jury duty coming up? At some point in all of our lives, we will all likely end up in a courtroom for some reason or another. The first step to attending any legal proceeding is to make sure you look the part! There are certain rules and regulations that every courtroom has. Some judges, counties, or districts have specific rules, but for the most part, there are a handful of rules to always follow when attending any sort of legal proceeding when deciding what you are going to wear.

For Men

For men, dress shoes with dress socks are always appropriate, something suitable for a business meeting. Also, slacks or dress pants are appropriate, with a dress shirt and tie. A belt is also an appropriate accessory to make sure one’s pants are sufficiently secured. For women, business attire is always appropriate such as business suits and blouses or other conservative attire.

For Women

For women, business attire is always appropriate such as business suits and blouses or other conservative attire. For women, halter tops or tube tops would be inappropriate in this setting. Conservative heels or shoes are permitted, but make sure you are maintaining a professional appearance.

For Everyone

There are a number of do’s and don’ts for both men and women when attending a legal proceeding. Try to not wear bright colors. No flip flops or shorts. Also, do not wear hats, or any clothing that does not cover your underwear. Do not wear jeans. Do not wear torn or ripped articles of clothing, though they may be part of a style or current trend. Don’t sag your pants. Also, do not wear clothing that promotes illegal activity or drug use. Do not wear flashy jewelry such as large chains, earrings, or decorative mouthpieces. The goal when going to any legal proceeding is to make sure that your appearance does not create false or incorrect assumptions about who you are or the veracity of what you have to say. Keep this principle in mind when you are getting dressed for your next legal proceeding, and you should be on your way to making a good impression!

It is important to be properly represented if you are ever injured by another party’s negligence. It is important to speak to an attorney about your legal rights and make sure you are fully apprised of your rights. Contact Herrman & Herrman PLLC, located at 1201 Third St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404 or 801 E. Fern Ave., McAllen, Texas 78501. If you have any questions about a potential claim or would like to sit down for a consultation and discuss your issue.


*This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to, and should not be construed as legal advice.