Back in 2011, I wrote a blog about courtroom attire and how inappropriately dressed litigants, witnesses and others appearing before the Court in Montgomery County, Maryland were. (Courtroom Attire: Avoid a Fashion Faux Paus.) I suggested that if you were appearing before the Court you should dress appropriately, meaning slacks and long sleeve shirts for men and conservative attire for women.
Apparently, I was not the only one noticing the decline in fashion decorum in the Courtroom. In Jefferson County, Illinois, the Sheriff has banned individuals from wearing muscle shirts, halter tops and other inappropriate clothing. The Jefferson County Sheriff joins judges from Kent County, Delaware who have similarly banned inappropriate attire. Judges in Detroit share a similar view.
People, just because Southwest Airlines lets you wear it on a plane, does not mean that it is appropriate for Court. As I advised in 2011, appearances matter. Look nice for Court. It sends a message.
Bruce L. Stern, Esq.