What should I wear to court?

The expression that first impressions count definitely applies to court appearances, where a minimum of "business casual" dress is the norm. This means leaving tank tops, t-shirts, ball caps, ripped or stained clothing, shorts, and flip flops at home. More formal attire is recommended for trial (think "job interview"). Men should wear a dress shirt or suit and tie and women either a professional-looking pants suit or a workplace-appropriate dress. Neatly pressed, clean "casual dress" clothing is fine for traffic court and preliminary appearances (think "meeting the future in-laws for the first time"). If you are unsure whether your clothing is courtroom-appropriate, it is perfectly okay to call your attorney to ask for guidance.

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