How should I dress for Court?
Traditionally, persons would be encouraged to dress for Court as if they were attending church. However, given the modern day variations of church dress, there is need to be specific as to what is acceptable court attire.
For Men: There are to be no sleeveless shirts for Court. There are to be no shorts for Court. Men must dress in short sleeve or long sleeve shirts, with long pants and closed-toe shoes. The shirt must be buttoned up, preferably not exposing the chest.
For Women: The principle of non-revealing clothes is paramount. Blouses are not to be sleeveless, and skirts are to be modest, not revealing, therefore miniskirts are not an acceptable form of attire. Even tight fitting dresses are potentially not acceptable.
How do the Judges dress?
For criminal matters, Judges normally are attired in a wig and judge’s robe. It is normally a red robe with black trimmings. In some matters, such as bail, which is considered a matter held in the Court’s chambers, a business suit is utilised, as the full garb for court is not necessary. The judge also wears a business suit for civil matters and civil trials.
How do the lawyers dress?
Lawyers are always dressed for court in a business suit. In criminal matters, their suit would be covered by their gown, and of course counsel’s wig. In some matters, such as bail, which is considered a matter held in the Court’s chambers, a business suit is acceptable, as the full dress for court is not necessary.