How to dress for court or a deposition:
This might sound like a no-brainer, but so many people come to court or a deposition in completely inappropriate clothing. First, let me state: this is not a fashion contest. If you are too poor to buy some decent clothes at Goodwill, that will be understood. However, I am addressing this to the women who think they should wear a bright pink thong with white sweatpants, the men with the tight white tank tops, and to the person who clearly did not wash his shirt. There is a level of respect in the courtroom and at a deposition. You are expected to be freshly shaven. You are expected to brush your hair. You are expected to wear clean and appropriate clothes. You are expected to not smell of smoke and booze. After practicing law for over ten years, it amazes me that I still need to remind people of these simple expectations. Men should wear slacks, not shorts and certainly not jeans. Same for women- a nice pair of slacks or skirt. In today’s society, there is no need to wear a suit and tie. Also, some judges consider it tacky showing up in a uniform (firefighter, military and the like) unless you are headed straight to work thereafter. This is not TV. It is real life. If you think your outfit is questionable, change. Many courthouses, Fulton, Forsyth, Cherokee, Cobb and the like, have a dress code posted outside. If you violate the dress code, they will not let you in the courtroom.