What do I wear to court?

I am commonly asked by Nashville DUI and criminal defense client’s what they should wear to court. I tell all client’s that it is better to be “over-dressed” than “under-dressed” and suggest they wear something along the lines of what would be considered business casual dress or nicer. For most court appearances, I advise men to wear a collared shirt, slacks (not jeans) and leather shoes. A coat and/or tie is good but not necessary for most court appearances. There are some court appearances where I do recommend coat and tie. I advise the equivalent of this dress for women – conservative skirt or pants, non-athletic shoes and conservative top. It is also important to note that most courts have dress codes. Here are links to the Davidson County General Sessions and Criminal Court Dress Code Policies.