DRESS CODE POLICY
All individuals entering the courtroom shall be dressed appropriately, clean and neat. Dress which is disturbing and distracting in court is inappropriate. Clothes and appearance must be safe and not disruptive to the judicial process. Remember you are appearing in a court of law.
1. Skirts and skorts must reach and extend below the fingertip.
2. No shorts are permitted.
3. All pants must be worn at waist. No sagging or low riding.
4. Undershirts and tank tops, if worn, must be worn with another “cover-up” shirt. Shoulders, backs, chests, and midriffs must be covered.
5. No see-through type or suggestive clothing is to be worn. Undergarments maynot be visible.
6. All shirts, with the exception of sweaters, sweatshirts, or vests must be tucked into pants, skirts, or shorts, including athletic jerseys.
7. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No flip-flops or house shoes permitted.
8. Inappropriate head coverings such as bandanas, scarves, sweatbands, hats/caps, do-rags, or hairnets are not to be worn or seen. Hoods on lightweight garments or sweatshirts may not be pulled over the head. Sunglasses shall be removed in court.
9. Clothing that advertises substances (drugs, alcohol, tobacco products) or language or writing that is otherwise inappropriate or offensive (sex, profanity, racial or ethnic slurs, gang-related attire, etc.) may not be worn. Tattoos that display drugs, sex, alcohol, or tobacco products must not be seen at anytime.
10. Clothing that is intentionally torn in inappropriate places is prohibited.
11. For security reasons, chains, spiked accessories, and oversized jewelry are not permissible.
The Court reserves the right to modify this policy as necessary and reserve the right to determine what might be disruptive and unsafe. If you are dressed in violation of this policy, you will not be permitted in the courtroom or will be requested to leave.
Effective July 1, 2007.
The above guidelines are drawn from the Metropolitan Nashville Public School Dress Code (Policy 1737).