Court appearances can be difficult enough without worrying about what attire the Court deems appropriate. While it may seem trivial with bigger things going on, it does matter. What you are wearing speaks louder than words. Ector County Judges are honest about what causes a negative perception to help prevent you from making these mistakes.
This is important enough that all Ector County Courts have implemented strict rules on clothing items that can and cannot be worn during court appearances.
What should you wear?
In general, you want to dress professionally with arms and legs covered, tops with high necks and/or collars, long dresses, skirts, or pants, and closed toed shoes. Your clothing should not be provocative or fit too tightly. Avoid distressed clothing items. Torn clothing is not allowed by the judge and distressed clothing can be viewed as damaged attire.
- Dress shoes with socks
- Dress pants/slacks
- A collared shirt that is always tucked in
- A tie preferably with a suit jacket
- Full shoes, preferably not sandals and absolutely no flip flops (flip flops are not allowed in court)
- Dress (with sleeves, at or below the knee)
- Skirt (at or below the knee)
- Long pants
- A blouse, sweater or casual dress shirt
- Be sure your clothing items are not too revealing or too close-fitting.
What NOT to wear:
This list of attire is deemed inappropriate and you will be removed from the court if you are wearing any of the below items. It is important that you pay attention to this list as the court can dismiss you from the court, resulting in Failure To Appear or to Default, which often results in an automatic loss of your case, and possibly even a warrant for your arrest.
- Shorts (of any kind or length)
- Hats (any and all)
- Halter tops, tube tops, and spaghetti strap shirts
- T-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops
- See-Through tops
- Flip flops
- Clothing that exposes midriff or underwear
- Ripped or torn jeans
- Baggy pants that fall below your waist
- Clothing with pictures or wording that promotes illegal or inappropriate activity
- Clothing that depicts or promotes violence, sex acts, illegal drug use or profanity
- No visible body piercings (exception – one earring per ear in the lower lobe)
This is a challenging time and we work hard to relieve the pressures we can for you. When visiting our office we encourage you to come as you are but you should always look your best in Court. Always remember that our goal is not to instruct you on what to do, but to advise you on how to get the best outcome in your case.
Help us help you make your best impression so that the judge sees the brightest version of you!