You might think it would be common sense about what to wear to your personal injury or medical malpractice trial.
Actually, it's not.
Some litigants think that going to trial means they get to dress up like they are going to a flashy nightclub.
Others believe that going to trial is the same as if you were going to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Others believe it's okay to wear flip-flops and torn shorts.
The reality is that it's not.
Tight miniskirts with 5 inch spike heels are not appropriate for the courtroom.
Your pajamas and flip-flops are not appropriate for the courtroom.
Wearing lots of bling and jewelry is not appropriate for the courtroom.
When you bring a lawsuit seeking compensation from the harms, losses and injuries you suffered, six members of the community who do not know you will be judging every move you make. They will be evaluating you every time you walk into the courtroom.
Those jurors will be the ones to decide whether you are more likely right than wrong that what you are claiming is true.
You don't want to divert the juror's attention from the issues in the case.
If you wear that really tight miniskirt with 5 inch spike heels, that may be great to pick up a guy on a Saturday night, but will likely turn off most of the jurors.
That type of clothing shows disrespect to the court and to the jurors.
Even your Sunday best may be inappropriate for the courtroom.
Ideally, you want to be clean, neat, presentable and respectable.
You want make your mother proud of how you were raised.