Florida judge pens unusual plea about work etiquette: 'Let’s treat court hearings as court hearings'

Now that working from home has become the new normal, most people are getting their work done while wearing loungewear or even the same pajamas from the night before. And while this is fine for most professions, it’s proven to be problematic for one group of people in particular: lawyers.

In Florida’s Broward County, lawyers were taking their work-from-home attire to such an extreme that a judge had to actually issue a public statement begging them to dress appropriately.

On the Weston Bar Association website, Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey pleaded with lawyers to treat their Zoom hearings like they would any courtroom hearing.

“One comment that needs sharing and that is the judges would appreciate it if the lawyers and their clients keep in mind these Zoom hearings are just that: hearings. They are not casual phone conversations. It is remarkable how many ATTORNEYS appear inappropriately on camera. We’ve seen many lawyers in casual shirts and blouses, with no concern for ill-grooming, in bedrooms with the master bed in the background, etc,” he wrote.

Evidently, he even felt the need to remind attorneys that showing up shirtless is not okay.

“One male lawyer appeared shirtless and one female attorney appeared still in bed, still under the covers,” Bailey said.

Also, seeing as this is Florida, the judge had to explain that beach cover-ups do not qualify as court-appropriate clothing.

“So, please, if you don’t mind, let’s treat court hearings as court hearings, whether Zooming or not.”

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