When the court sends out a Notice letting a
party know the date and requirements of a scheduled hearing that they must
appear at, often, right across the middle of the document in bold letters and
***surrounded by asterisks*** is the phrase: “proper dress required.” But what
constitutes “proper dress” for a court hearing? Like so many things in life, it
is sometimes easiest to identify “proper dress” by noting what it is not.
Specifically, parties should adhere to the following dress code:
Men: wear shoes with socks; long pants (on pants with belt loops, wear a belt); collared shirt (tucked in) preferably with a tie, with or without a jacket.
Women: wear shoes; a dress, skirt (preferably no more than two inches above the knee) or long pants; a blouse, sweater or casual dress shirt.
That being said, what constitutes as “proper dress” could also depend on the representing paralegal’s perspective and opinion, the type of hearing a party has been summoned to, and a person’s job and work schedule. While there really is no absolute right answer, there is definitely a wrong way to dress at court. Think of the courtroom as a formal environment. Dress as you would when going for an important job interview or church.
Whether you are the Plaintiff or Defendant, ACS can provide representation through the entire Small Claims Court process! From drafting and filing a claim to drafting and filing a Defence in response to a claim, as well as all the necessary legal procedures that follow, we focus on achieving the best possible outcome for clients – all in the most cost-effective manner.