Fashion Crimes—How To Dress for Jury Duty

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How To Dress for Jury Duty—What Is Acceptable?

People are rarely happy when they receive a summons—jury duty can be a major nuisance for which you need to prepare. You’ll have to get time off, go through a selection process, pick out a proper attire, and show up every time the court is in session.

While it might be an important part of trials in the U.S., it’s an obligation many try to avoid. That’s why the law defines penalties for skipping, as well as a reward for showing up in the form of payment.

In this article, we’ll explain how to dress for jury duty and what is considered inappropriate. We’ll also show you how you can to request days off from work to attend court proceedings.

How Should I Dress for Jury Duty?

The general rule of thumb is that you don’t want to wear anything you wouldn’t wear at work or in a church. Jury duty is not the time to dress to impress—you should stay with your business (or business casual) apparel and try not to draw attention to yourself.

The precise rules of jury duty and how to dress for it differ based on:

  1. Whether a state or federal court summoned you
  2. What state—and county—you’re in

The following table contains guides that will provide you with more details on particular dress codes, as well as other specifics of jury duty throughout the U.S., such as how state and federal pay works:

MarylandNorth CarolinaPennsylvania
New York StateNew JerseyTennessee
ColoradoWashington StateMissouri
MassachusettsUtahSouth Carolina
West VirginiaLouisianaIowa
HawaiiNew MexicoMississippi
MaineNebraskaNew Hampshire
Rhode IslandDelawareMontana
WyomingAlaskaSouth Dakota
VermontNorth DakotaDistrict of Columbia

Still, some general rules apply to all states and courts. These include:

  • Dress formally
  • Wear something comfortable (case proceedings may last for a while)
  • Bring something like a cardigan or blazer to warm you up if necessary
  • Avoid loud colors

Jury Duty Dress Code

Take a look at the following table to find out what you should wear and what you should avoid:

What To WearWhat Not To Wear
  • Shirts
  • Jackets
  • Jeans without tears
  • Cardigans
  • Suits
  • Pants
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Blouses
  • Dresses that show bare shoulders
  • Excessive jewelry
  • Accessories
  • Halters
  • Cropped tops
  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Hats or caps
  • Tank tops
  • Flashy colors
  • Sneakers
  • Flip-flops
  • Shirts with a slogan or political statement
  • Ripped jeans

How To Dress To Not Get Picked for Jury Duty

Doing the opposite of what is required and recommended should do the trick. Showing up in a mini skirt, flip-flops, or a shirt with a political statement will almost definitely keep you from getting selected.

Bear in mind, though, that this won’t end your jury duty—you’ll have to show up at a later date. If you repeatedly neglect the dress code, you may get charged with contempt of court.

How To Use DoNotPay To Obtain Jury Duty Leave

Aside from picking suitable attire, you’ll also need to contact your employer before you go to jury duty. Jury duty laws protect you from being punished in any way for being a juror, and you can sue your employer if they threaten, demote, or fire you for going on a jury duty leave.

To avoid this, you can submit a leave request letter along with your summons so that the employer can verify your jury duty. With a formal letter, the employer will have to accept your request, whether it’s your first time or you keep getting summoned.

If you’re not sure how to go about it, use DoNotPay! Our app will draft the letter in your stead using the information you provide. All you need to do is:

  1. Navigate to the Request Jury Duty Leave product
  2. Answer a few questions
  3. Upload a photo of your jury summons

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