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For Florida State Court Appearances the Minimum Dress Code is “Business Casual,”
generally defined as:

“Khaki pants, slacks, and skirts, as well as short-sleeved polo shirts and long-sleeved shirts, but excludes, tennis shoes, tight or short skirts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts”

American University states that business casual consist of neutral colors more towards the dark shades of black, grey, navy, but can include white and off white, and reminds that the clothing should be pressed with clean, crisp seams.

“Dress for Success” advice sums up business casual as a classic, clean cut, and put together look where a full suit and neck tie is not required.  A suit and tie are required for Federal Court.

Don’t let the word casual mislead you. You still need to look professional, business attire is always acceptable and a suit/ dress is suggested.

Do not wear clothing you would wear to a club or for athletic purposes. Shorts and Chino’s are not allowed.
Flip-flops are not allowed, wear closed in shoes.

Why would a criminal defense lawyer like Chris Rabby tell you how to dress?

Because being well dressed shows individual confidence and competence to the Judge and Jury.

It also shows respect for the Court.

Many people before court will not make an attempt at respect or good appearance, are dressed to go to jail, and you do not want to be one of them.

True Story: As an Assistant Public Defender, Chris had a client appear for a DUI trial wearing a Jack Daniel’s t-shirt.  Not a good move.

Please make the best impression you can with the person that may judge you.
Dress to impress.

The Federal Court Dress code is “Formal.”

Chris Rabby (850) 437-9410


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