On my jury summon it states "Do not wear shorts, tank tops or sweats. Portland oregon
Maybe silly but i feel my freedom of expression is being compromised by the court. turthfully i think a free human comfort level should not be defined by anyone.
The law allows the court to set standards for decorum in its proceedings. It is not "silly" - it is a recognition of the solemnity and seriousness of the proceedings. Juries decide matters of literal life and death for litigants; the least you owe them when asked to fulfill one of your most grave responsibilities of citizenship is to show that you take the matter seriously enough to wear a pair of pants. (Attorneys are required by law to wear "appropriate attire" - which everyone understands to mean, jackets and ties for men, and the equivalent for women - in court. Count your blessings.)
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I completely agree with my colleague. You won't like the rest of my answer. For every right there is an equally accompanying responsibility. Rights are not absolute.. To paraphrase " you can't yell fire in a crowded building" ... There is a point where your rights stop and another's rights begin. I also believe that everything cannot be self centered... Wearing certain clothes to funerals, weddings, public meetings, jury duty are about respect to others... Not showing up in proper attire shows your contempt and lack of respect to the court. but hey that's me..
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I have seen attorneys threatened with contempt of court charges for failing to wear proper attire in court.
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