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What To Wear to Court


After suffering a severe injury in a Florida accident because of another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim and recover compensation from the negligent party. Depending on several things, your claim may or may not settle outside of court. If your injury claim cannot be settled out of court, you might need to proceed to court to fight for the compensation you deserve. If your case proceeds to court, you must be careful about what you wear when making your appearance in court.

Below, we discuss why what you wear to court matters and what to wear in court.

Why Does How You Dress Matter?

You need to make a good impression when you appear in court for your injury case. Indeed, no one should be judged based on the way they dress, but in court, judges and jurors can form a judgment about you based on how you are dressed. Even if, as you continue to present your case (of course, with the help of an attorney), the judge and jurors may begin changing their initial thoughts about you, it is best that you do not take the risk of making a bad first impression.

Apart from needing to dress appropriately so you can make a first good impression, it is important to dress appropriately because it shows the court that you take the matter seriously. Dressing appropriately in court shows that you take the court seriously.

What To Wear in Court

Some courts in the U.S require people entering the courtroom to dress in a particular manner, but in most courts, you are only required to dress “appropriately.” So what does it mean to dress appropriately or be properly attired? In Florida, most courts suggest you wear “business casual.” A business casual attire is one that is less formal than a traditional business attire. This is an attire you can, for example, attend a business meeting in, even though it is not as formal as a traditional business attire.

If you are still unsure what “business casual” means, let’s make it simpler by first outlining what you should never wear in court. The following are some of the things you should avoid wearing in court;

  • Costumes
  • Halter tops
  • Worn-out jeans
  • Clothes that do not fit well
  • Hats
  • Workout clothing

Apart from avoiding these, it is best to avoid perfume or cologne.

Next, let’s look at some of the appropriate items to wear in court;

  • Khaki pants and skirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Conservative dresses
  • Short-sleeved polo shirts
  • Conservative tops (for women)

Additionally, before you go to court, ensure your beard is trimmed or your hair is clean and neat.

If you are still not sure how you should dress when going to court, make sure you speak to your personal injury attorney when the time comes that you have to go to court. Your attorney should be able to discuss court attire with you.

Contact a Coral Springs Personal Injury Lawyer

If you suffered an injury in an accident in Florida because of another party’s negligence and need help recovering the compensation you deserve, contact our Coral Springs personal injury lawyers at Lyons & Snyder.

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