It is often the case that clients who need to appear in court for a family
law or divorce matter have little to no previous experience in the courtroom.
In these cases, it is perfectly appropriate to speak with your lawyer
about any uncertainties you might have about your appearance or conduct
once you are before the judge. While these factors should not decide a
case, they can influence that court's perception of you and should
communicate to the judge that you are respecting the judicial process.
We offer all our clients thorough attire and conduct advice before their
court date. We have complied those tips here for all new and prospective
clients and families to benefit from.
Dressing for Court
- Men: Avoid jeans and sneakers. Suits are recommended, but "business
casual" is also acceptable (slacks, button down shirt). Ties are
also recommended. Facial hair should be shaved or trimmed and neat.
- Women: Sensible pantsuits or skirts and blouses are recommended. Makeup
and shoe wear should be conservative, as well.
- Strong perfumes and colognes should be avoided.
- If tattoos can be covered, they should be.
- Hats, excessive jewelry, and other unneeded accessories should be left
at home or removed before entering the courtroom.
- Remove all facial piercings.
- Removing all noisy items from pockets and purses (such as loose change)
is also recommended.
Conducting Yourself in Court
- Arriving to court: it is always recommended that everyone arrive early.
It can be hard to account for parking and traffic delays and arriving
late to your hearing can have a negative effect on your case.
- Before you enter the courtroom turn off your phone or any other mobile
or personal devices.
- Remove gum or any snacks from your person before entering the courtroom.
- In court, only speak when addressed by the judge. Never interrupt.
- When speaking to the judge, use "your honor."
- Be cordial to everyone, including the opposing counsel.
- Pay attention. Be engaged with the proceedings. Show interest.
If you have other specific questions about your court date and how you
should dress or conduct yourself, speak with your attorney. At
Jay Turnbach, Esq., LLC, making sure our clients face their court proceedings with confidence
with one of our highest priorities. Not only do we tirelessly fight to
protect our clients’ and their families' interests during this
uncertain time, but also provide peace of mind during every step of the
Get the unparalleled service and advocacy you and your family deserve.
Contact us to speak with a dedicated Ocean County divorce attorney today.