Feb 6, 2020 @ 15:25

SC reminds judges, employees, and lawyers to dress properly while in courts

The Supreme Court (SC) has reminded lower court judges and employees to be in proper attire while in court, or “face appropriate disciplinary action.”

In Memorandum Order No. 12-2020, Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta
also directed judges “to strictly implement the proper attire of lawyers appearing before the courts and should not hesitate to use their powers to discipline erring lawyers appearing before them.”

Peralta issued the memorandum as the SC was being swamped with “persistent reports and personal observation that some judges and court personnel do not observe proper conduct and office attire while in court.”

The proper attire and appearance of judges and court personnel as prescribed since 2015 are:

1. “Judges at all times shall be in business attire.

2. “Skirts of office uniforms or casual office attire should be knee-length (one inch above the knee may be allowed).

3. “Appropriate footwear shall mean closed formal shoes; however, mules, sling-back shoes and peep-toe shoes are allowed (for females).

4. “The following are prohibited office attire when performing official functions – gauzy, transparent or net-like blouses or shirts; sando, sleeveless, strapless or spaghetti-strapped blouses, tank tops (unless worn as undershirts), blouses with over-plunging necklines; collarless t-shirts for men; micro-mini skirts, walking shorts, cycling shorts, leggings, tights, jogging pants, pedal pushers; sandals and step-ins exposing the toes; and rubber sandals, slippers and ‘bakya.

5. “The sporting of long and unkempt hair, as well as wearing of earrings and other body ornaments by male judges and court personnel, is not allowed.

6. The identification card (ID) forms part of the official uniform/appropriate office attire. Thus, it must be worn al all times while on official duty.”

The SC added: “The appropriate business attire for male judges requires the wearing of long-sleeved ‘barong’ or coat and tie. The wearing of ‘maong’ or denim pants is strictly prohibited.”

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