Decisions must be made concerning the fate of plaintiffs and defendants in legal cases. There are many intangibles affecting the outcomes of a court case. However, an area you are control of is how you choose to appear when standing before a judge and jury. Listen to the legal advice given by an experienced personal injury attorney about dressing for court.
When your day in court arrives, dress in professional attire since this cannot be faulted. This is not a police line-up or the morning after arrest arraignment. This is the first and best opportunity to show respect for the system, the judge presiding and possibly your peers, who will be empowered to decide your fate. Do not cheat yourself by dressing inappropriately.
Men should be Presentable
There is never a courtroom scenario where a man should not dress in a suit and tie. Male lawyers always do this since they know many different sets of eyes will be watching them during the proceedings. The same eyes will be watching defendants and plaintiffs as well. Never wear a hat or a hooded sweatshirt. The key is to dress conservatively. If a suit and tie is unavailable, wear a nice pair of dress slacks and a buttoned-down shirt.
Women Need a Conservative Look
As a personal injury attorney, I advise female clients to dress conservatively. The preferred choice is a business suit wearing either slacks or a skirt with a white or light-colored buttoned-down blouse. Make-up applied and jewelry worn should not be anyone’s main focal point when making a visual assessment. Coming across in an attractive fashion is the goal but it is important not to appear over-the-top or overly theatrical.
Clean Cut is The Norm
Men should be clean-shaven and have a fresh haircut in a style that does not draw attention to the hair. A physical appearance is an important aspect compelling the judge and jury to form an initial reaction. It may be a cliche, but possessing that All-American boy next-door look is the best way to go.
Appearance Includes Actions
As important as dressing for court may be, how a person appears through their actions themselves. How you act and react when in a courtroom setting speaks volumes about you. Those things mother harped about, like standing and sitting up straight are important. Speaking in loud tones so everyone can hear is also important. Responding with a “Yes Sir” or a “Yes Ma’am” is equally important. Always listen to your attorney’s legal advice in this matter.
Ultimately, courtroom participants will want to look professional but never flashy. How you dress and act in a courtroom can change the outcome of your case. Make sure to ask your Personal Injury Attorney for advice.
With over 20 years experience, Reno Personal Injury Attorney Steve Hess has been representing individuals in auto accident, slip and fall, personal injury, wrongful death, and motorcycle accident cases.
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