Cairns Courts - appropriate attire

For a lot of people, going to court is a very daunting and frightening experience.  Who sits where, what to say, what time to turn up, what will happen – understandably, it can all get quite confusing!

What to wear when going to court is just as an important question and one we are often asked.  Going to court is a solemn occasion and part of a legal process.  Not only is neat and respectable attire a gesture of respect for the courtroom, but inappropriate attire could result in your expulsion from the courtroom!

As a general rule, a suit will be your best bet at presenting well but isn’t essential.  At the very least a button-up, long sleeve shirt or blouse, closed in shoes, and long pants or skirt at or below knee level are necessary.  If you’re representing yourself, it is highly recommended that you wear a jacket and tie.

Whatever you do, do not wear sunglasses, hats, thongs, dirty workwear or singlets/t-shirts into the courtroom.  This should go without saying, but clothing with graphic images, offensive language, slogans or that are see-through are equally inappropriate.

Shakespeare wrote hundreds of years ago “for the apparel oft proclaims the man”.  Neat, well-presented attire can make a world of difference to your court appearance, establishing your respect for the courtroom and the presiding Judge or Magistrate’s respect for you.

For further advice on better representation in court contact us at or phone 1300 FNQ LAW.

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