April 10, 2013

How To Present Yourself In Front of the Courthouse

No matter what reason you might have to be heading to court, there are certain rules to your appearance that you need to keep in mind. Presenting yourself in the right light to those that you are appearing before can really help you out, whether you believe that or not. Take a few simple guidelines to how you look before you head in, and you will be on your way towards a positive outcome.

How you dress is crucial for your court appearance. No matter what your reason for being there, you need to show that you respect the court enough to look presentable. While this does not necessarily imply that you need to go buy an expensive looking suit to wear, it does mean that you should at the very least dress in what is considered business casual. Jeans, shorts and t shirts are generally not good ideas to wear to court because they show a subtle disrespect for the court in general. It is important to show respect even in the subtlest of ways.

There are all kinds of hairstyles that people are sporting these days. If you are someone that has a radical style of hair, or some extreme color to it, it might be time to tone it down. Depending on the severity of your reason for being in court, showing that you are a responsible member of society will be difficult to do with a green mohawk for example. Think of it this way, you can redye hair and you can grow it back out. For one day, it is important to look like a well dressed regular Joe.

Make Up
For women, there are many instances where you think that overloading yourself with make up is a way to look your best. Court appearances are not one of these instances. You should have a very modest amount of make up. Dress to impress and put on make up as you would, but bear in mind that you are not trying to provide allure. You are simply doing your part to look presentable and well composed.

Perhaps one of the most important things in all of this would be your posture when you are actually inside the courthouse. This should resonate respect in everything that you do. Keep your phone put away and stay fully attentive to what is going on. Sit up straight in your chair, and if you are asked to speak on your behalf, do so while standing upright and not slouching. This exudes confidence in yourself, but also provides a visual display to the court that you are respectful and even trustworthy.

Of course none of this particularly guarantees a positive outcome for you, as everyone's court experience is different and for different reasons. But why not go out of your way to give yourself the best fighting odds no matter what the circumstances? If you follow the above mentioned guidelines for presenting yourself in front of a court, you will look the part of someone who should walk away a winner.

Author Jason Harter is a lawyer who addresses the moral aspect of his job every day. He originally started as a paralegal before pursuing law school and obtained his degree from one of the Top 10 Best Online Paralegal Schools.



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