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Circuit Couirt 6th Division

JEFFERSON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT-WEST
6TH DIVISION (JUVENILE DIVISION)

STANDING ORDER REGARDING DRESS CODE

Effective immediately, it is hereby ordered that all persons, whether lawyers, parties, witnesses, observers, or others attending hearings in 6th Division, shall dress appropriately so as to maintain the dignity, integrity, decorum, and professional atmosphere of the Court and the justice system. This includes limitations to protect the safety and confidentiality of all in the courthouse.

In Juvenile proceedings, it is additionally important that dress reflect the goals of the Juvenile Court in promoting education, upholding the law, and respect for others. The determination of appropriateness shall lie with the sitting Judge.

More specifically, all will be fully attired, shirt tails will be tucked in, and shoes must be worn at all times. Trousers must be worn at the waistline with belts and women must wear undergarments.

The following items will not be permitted in the courtroom:

  1. Clothing depicting obscenity, profanity, sexually suggestive tones, drugs, gangs, and/or illegal activity (this includes alcohol for minors)
  2. Coats, sunglasses, cell phones
  3. Clothing that shows undergarments (bras, boxers, etc.)
  4. Piercings, unless covered by clothing
  5. Swim wear, lingerie, pajamas, slippers

The Court expects and appreciates the full cooperation of all with the terms of this Order. It is further ordered that attorneys will instruct their clients, witnesses, and others they bring into court as to this Order.

Violation of this Order will result in either a rescheduled hearing, contempt of court, or wearing court sponsored clothing at the Court’s discretion. The Court may also order the Bailiff to confiscate any prohibited items brought into court in violation of this Order.

In addition, only parties are allowed to attend juvenile court hearings (Delinquency, FINS, and DHS) unless subpoenaed by the Attorneys or approved by the Court.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 12th day of January, 2009 and Amended on this 1st day of March, 2013.

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EARNEST E. BROWN, JR. CIRCUIT JUDGE

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