Judges’ Attitudes on Courtroom Attire
Magnus Research Consultants, Inc. conducted a survey of judges throughout Florida to assess their attitudes on women lawyers’ courtroom attire. An article based on the survey results will be published soon. The most significant results of the survey were that:
- 83% of judges indicated a woman lawyer’s courtroom attire has an impact on her overall effectiveness;
- judges favored the most conservative, traditional forms of attire (such as standard business suit with a jacket and skirt);
- there were varying opinions among judges depending on their gender, age, experience on the bench, court in which they preside, and geographic location.
Overall, judges’ responses revealed a desire to focus their attention on women lawyers’ legal expertise, as opposed to their personal characteristics, including attire.
Look for the survey results to be published soon or contact Magnus for more details.