Dress and Appearance Tips for Legal Proceedings

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Your appearance is very important.  The opposing party, judge and jury’s first impression of you will be based on your appearance and your attire.

Attire: Please dress in a conservative, business-appropriate manner.  Below is a list of appropriate attire for trial.

  • If you wear a dress, it should be no shorter than the bottom touching the top of your knee and no longer than mid-calf.
  • Skirt and matching blouse. If you wear a skirt, it should be no shorter than the bottom touching the top of your knee.
  • Dress slacks and matching blouse. If you wear dress slacks, they should at least touch your ankles.
  • Dress shoes, polished and unscuffed.


  • Dress slacks with a collared shirt.
  • Dress shoes, polished and unscuffed.
  1. Wear any jewelry. The only jewelry that should be considered is conservative earrings, a watch, a conservative necklace, and/or a wedding ring.  However, this jewelry is not necessary.
  2. Wear jeans, leggings, capris, t-shirts (including any shirts that have printed comments or wording), shorts, tennis shoes, thigh high boots, slippers, or flip flops.


  1. Appearance: (such as hair, makeup, nails, body piercings, tattoos)
  1. Wear hair clean and pulled back out of your face.
  2. Wear light makeup.
  3. Have neatly manicured nails, clean, fully polished, or unpolished.
  4. Remove body piercings, i.e., nose ring, tongue ring, eyebrow ring. If you have your ears pierced more than once, please only wear one pair of earrings.
  5. Cover all tattoos, either by wearing long pants, long sleeve shirts, or, if you wear a dress or skirt, wear dark colored pantyhose to match.
  1. Have any visible tattoos or body piercings.
  2. Wear heavy makeup.