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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Vanderburgh courts dress and conduct rules are relaxed "

Updating a May 29th ILB post, Mark Wilson of the Evansville Courier & Press reports today in a story that begins:

EVANSVILLE - Gum chewing in the courtroom is still forbidden but an amended update of Vanderburgh County court policies has greatly scaled back dress requirements for the public.

The local court rule titled "Conduct, Dress, and Court House Policies" addressing courthouse behavior was effective beginning on July 1. It covers everything from behavior, appearance and dress to prohibited items such as weapons.

The rule, which applies to both Superior and Circuit courts, was open for public comment in June.

"We had a lot of comments from the public and the bar (Evansville Bar Association)," said Superior Court Chief Judge Richard D'Amour.

The original proposal applied to litigants, witnesses and spectators, as well as lawyers, and covered the entire courthouse. It barred T-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, sweatpants, pajamas, sleeveless shirts and hats, as well as exposed midriffs and suggestive or otherwise inappropriate clothing.

That has changed.

"Now we have limited it to the courtrooms," D'Amour said. "The judges still expect proper attire but we leave it up to the individual judges."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 1, 2015 01:47 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts