Jury duty is not something that most of us look forward to. In fact, it’s probably one of the least enjoyable things you can do on your time off from work. However, it’s an important civic duty that all citizens should take seriously, so I’m here to help you get through this experience with grace and poise! Here are some tips for dressing appropriately inside the courtroom, but also outside (where cameras might catch a glimpse).
When it comes to your wardrobe, comfort is key. Wear shoes that are easy to wear and take off, especially if you’re going to be standing in a line or waiting in the lobby. Avoid anything that’s tight-fitting around the waist or hips because these will be painful over time (and probably aren’t flattering either). It’s also important not to wear clothing with long sleeves; they can get hot under the lights while you wait.
Avoid Police Colors
There are some colors that you should avoid wearing when going for jury duty. These include red, blue and black. You also need to avoid white, yellow, brown and green. No matter what color you wear it’s best not to wear any orange, purple or pink unless your wardrobe is already in these shades and then just add a few more of the same shade without changing the overall tone of your outfit.
You should also avoid wearing any pattern resembling police uniforms such as stripes or polka dots (unless it’s Halloween).
Wear Natural Fabrics
As a juror, you’ll be in a courthouse for a long time. You will have to sit in hard chairs for hours on end and go through intense questioning by lawyers. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable or out of place.
Your job is important—if jurors are unhappy, they’re more likely to make mistakes when they deliberate the case and reach their verdict. That can lead to unjust outcomes that affect everyone involved in the court system: prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and defendants alike. The goal of any conscientious jury is justice; your clothing should help you get there!
Dress Respectfully and Appropriately
You’ll need to dress conservatively, avoiding any appearance of being uncooperative or demonstrating contempt for the court.
Dress respectfully and appropriately. If a juror is wearing clothing that others find offensive or inappropriate, they may be asked to change into something more appropriate before entering the courtroom.
- No offensive tattoos or body piercings
- No flip flops, sandals or bare feet (no shoes required)
- No sleeveless shirts
- No hats, caps or head coverings – unless needed for religious reasons While it is acceptable for an individual to wear religious headgear in accordance with the tenets of his/her faith (e.g., yarmulkes), it is not acceptable for him/her to wear such attire as an expression of disrespect toward either judge(s) present at trial proceedings.
- Brush your hair. If your hair is messy, a judge may think that you don’t care about the case or that you won’t take it seriously.
- Remove any jewelry that might be distracting from the case or from other jurors’ opinions of you.
- Make sure your nails are clean and manicured so as not to distract jurors from what’s being said in court.
How to look like a model juror
So, you’ve been called to jury duty. Great! How choosing what to wear to jury duty?
The answer depends on the type of case and where it’s being heard. Different types of courts or judges may have different rules about dress code, so make sure to check with your court ahead of time. In most cases though, here are some rules for how to look like a model juror:
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate. Avoid wearing clothes that are too flashy or revealing (this applies to both men and women). Do not wear clothes that are too casual (jeans) or too formal (suits). If possible, try wearing something in between these extremes—casual enough for comfort but still appropriate for courtrooms. If possible, avoid anything tight or loose fitting; such garments can distract from your presentation as an impartial arbiter.
These tips should help you look like a model juror but remember that appearances aren’t everything. The most important thing is to be yourself and have fun with it! Go ahead and wear something cute or crazy if it makes you feel good about yourself. Just make sure it isn’t distracting, because the judge will probably not be impressed if he or she is trying to focus on what you’re saying.