What should I wear to court?

Lawyers should wear professional attire. A good rule of thumb for litigants and witnesses is that they should wear clothing that they would wear to a church, wedding, or funeral. Rule LR71-AR00-102.3 of the Local rules governs Appearance and Dress:

102.3. Appearance and Dress.  
Every person who enters a courthouse in St. Joseph County should be appropriately dressed. Lawyers should appear for court proceedings in professional attire; litigants, witnesses and spectators should appear in appropriate attire. Examples of clothing that is inappropriate and is prohibited from being worn during court proceedings includes, but is not limited to: 
(1) Hats or caps; 
(2) Outer garments such as topcoats, overcoats, jackets, or overshoes; 
(3) Clothing that exposes the midriff; 
(4) Shorts of any kind; 
(5) Sleeveless shirts (i.e., “muscle shirts” and “tank tops”); 
(6) Shower shoes (i.e., rubber “flip-flops” or slides); 
(7) Suggestive or otherwise inappropriate clothing (i.e., poorly fitting, slovenly, or unclean). 

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1. Are electronic devices permitted in the courthouses?
2. What if I have evidence on my electronic device that I want to present to the court at trial?
3. I do not have a lawyer. How do I sue someone or file something with the court?
4. I am a civil defendant, but do not have enough money to hire a lawyer. Can I get a lawyer to represent me for free?
5. I am a criminal defendant, but do not have enough money to hire a lawyer. Can I get a lawyer to represent me for free?
6. Is there someplace my children can go while I am in or awaiting court?
7. When is my next court date?
8. Who do I contact to check on the status of a case?
9. What do I do if my attorney does not arrive?
10. What should I wear to court?
11. What if I need a translator?
12. Where can I go to get child support records or a payment printout?
13. Where do I pay my court fees?
14. Where can I review a court file?
15. Where do I pick up court forms?
16. How do I get a transcript?
17. Who do I contact to get a copy of my birth certificate?