Going to court is your opportunity to impress the judge or jury, show that you’re serious and want to be taken seriously.  It is important to dress appropriately! You should look neat, clean, and professional. I often tell clients to dress as though they were going to a job interview.  It’s not required that you go out and buy a new outfit for court, but here are some helpful tips:

Things to Wear:

  • Closed-toe Shoes, such as clean sneakers, flats or loafers
  • Slacks or khaki pants
  • Collared shirt – tucked in
  • Dress or pantsuit
  • Skirt – not too short

Things NOT to Wear:

  • Ratty jeans
  • Shorts or short skirts
  • Athletic Clothing Sweatpants and a hoodie is good for working out, but not appropriate courtroom attire.
  • Hats or sunglasses Most courts will require you remove them prior to entering the courtroom anyway.
  • NO SLIPPAHS! Do not wear flip-flops, worn out sneakers, or stilettos.


  • Revealing clothing You want to make sure everything that should be covered is covered. Do not wear crop tops, tank tops with spaghetti straps, sleeveless shirts, or low-cut tops.
  • T-shirts with inappropriate pictures or slogans Common sense says you probably should not wear a beer shirt to your DUI hearing.
  • Pajamas It should go without saying.

Other considerations:

Dress and appearance are usually more casual in Hawaii than other places. However, going to court is one time that you should dress up just a little bit. Appropriate semi-casual attire is OK! An aloha shirt on Friday works fine too. Don’t go over the top, but show the judge that you care and want to be taken seriously. Contact us if you have any questions.

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