If the time has finally come for you to have your day in court for your personal injury lawsuit, then it is vital that you know how to appropriately dress for your court appearance. Since it is human nature for people to judge you based on how you look, it is very important that you take the time to dress well for your court date. You and your attorney have worked hard to prepare your case, the last thing you want to do is bias the judge or jury because you wore the wrong attire. To this end, here are some tips to help you dress correctly for your upcoming hearing:
Shower Before You Dress for Court
On the morning of your court appearance, you should shower. After your shower, you should only apply deodorant and skip the aftershave or perfume. Scents can be irritating to other people in the courtroom, so you should skip wearing them.
Dress in Professional Attire
After your have showered, select clothing for your court appearance that is clean, in good repair, and appears professional. As a good rule of thumb, only wear clothing items that are appropriate for a funeral service. Some examples of things you should wear are:
You should avoid wearing clothing that is revealing, has wild patterns, or is excessively worn.
There are many things you should never wear to court, including:
In addition, you should never wear shirts or jackets with graphics or text on them.
Don't Wear a Lot of Jewelry
The courthouse is never an appropriate place to wear an excessive amount of jewelry. The only jewelry you should wear to court is your wedding band and a simple necklace. Wearing a lot of expensive jewelry to court can bias the jury against you and your case.
Wear Only Light Makeup and Cover Your Tattoos
If you are female, then you should only wear light makeup that would be appropriate for an office setting. If you have tattoos on your hands, arms, or face, then you should cover them for your court appearance as well.
Remove Your Hat and Sunglasses When Entering the Courthouse
Finally, when you enter the courthouse, you should remove your sunglasses and hat if you are wearing them as a sign of respect.
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