What do I wear to court?
Is a very common question that I get asked all the time by our clients. What is the dress code for court? You would think this answer is simple, but it’s not.
A good rule of thumb is dress how you normally dress but dress it up. What does that mean exactly? If you wear a suit everyday to work, then wear a suit into court. If you don’t wear a suit everyday then just go for a business casual look. Follow the dress code of a country club. Being in Las Vegas facing criminal charges is enough stress to worry about. You shouldn’t be worried about what your wearing to court. We can appear in front of the judge for you in almost all cases and you won’t have to think about dress code.
When suggesting how to dress for court to our clients, we give them the following list as a guide to follow.
Men: wear shoes with socks; long pants (on pants with belt loops, wear a belt); collared shirt (tucked in) preferably with a tie, with or without a jacket.
Women: wear shoes; a dress, skirt (preferably no more than two inches above the knee) or long pants; a blouse, sweater or casual dress shirt.
Do not wear
- halter or tube top
- see-through top
- flip flops
- clothing that exposes your midriff or underwear
- ripped or torn jeans
- baggy pants that fall below your hips
- clothing with an emblem or wording that promotes illegal or inappropriate activity
- clothing that depicts or promotes violence, sex acts, illegal drug use or profanity
The Las Vegas Justice Court lists its dress code as follows:
- Justice Court Marshals are responsible for security and enforcement of courtroom standards.
- Weapons are not allowed in the courthouse
- Eating, drinking or chewing gum in the courtroom is prohibited.
- Proper courtroom attire is required. No shorts or tank tops are allowed in the courtroom, shoes are required. T-shirts which show offensive slogans or pictures are not allowed. Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.
- While in the courtroom, sit quietly when Court is in session. Do not talk or whisper. The Court proceedings may be transcribed by a court reporter and noise can interfere with the preparation of this important record.
- Avoid bringing children to court. If it is necessary to do so, please monitor their behavior so they remain quiet at all times. If they are quiet, children are allowed in the courtroom, but parents may be asked to leave the courtroom if their child becomes noisy or unruly.
- All beepers, cellular telephones, and electronic devices must be turned off before entering the courtroom. Avoid reading newspapers, or books in the courtrooms, particularly if your use of such material may be a distraction to others.
- Communication with in-custody defendants is strictly prohibited.