Wear Socks to Court

socksAn Indiana judge recently ordered a bare-ankled lawyer to appear in court with “appropriate attire,” including “socks upon his feet.” In the matter of In re Proper Courtroom Attire, No. 05C01-1408-CB-000005, a Blackford Circuit Court judge imposed this requirement on the lawyer—and on all members of the bar—based upon on his “inherent powers to maintain appropriate decorum,” and on a local rule rule requiring “appropriate business attire when appearing in court.” Interestingly, the judge determined that only “male members of the bar” were subject to this order, at least as it pertained to socks.

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