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When court moves online, do dress codes still matter? Thursday, April 16, 2020

New York Times

Justice is supposed to be blind. But in courtrooms, decorum matters.

Judges typically dress in somber black robes. Lawyers, plaintiffs and defendants are encouraged to dress modestly to signify credibility.

Does that change when court hearings are moved online to enable social distancing during the spread of the new coronavirus?

Absolutely not, according to one judge in Broward County, Fla. In a letter to lawyers that was made public last week, Judge Dennis Bailey of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida said that some lawyers were getting a little too lax.

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