Court Conduct and Dresscode


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Court Conduct & Dress Code

In terms of Rule 4 of the Court Practice and Procedure and Good Order (Criminal Code) Rules of Court (Legal Notice 280 of 2008),  entry into the precedents of the Courts of Justice or in any Courtroom can be refused should a person not be properly dressed.

Unacceptable attire includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tight, sheer, and/or low-cut clothing of any style.
  • Short skirts
  • Clothing with offensive, vulgar, racist, sexist, obscene, or suggestive words, slogans, depictions or pictures
  • Clothing that is dirty, torn, or ragged
  • Tank tops/halter tops, clothes with narrow shoulder straps.
  • Shorts, ‘Bermudas’ or cropped trousers (trousers must be full length)
  • Torn jeans
  • Flip flops or sandals without a back strap
  • Hats and hoodies

Men who enter the Courtroom must wear a jacket and tie, women who enter the Courtroom must wear clothes with sleeves.

All those who enter the Courts of Justice buildings are required to follow security procedure and together with their possessions, pass through security systems provided at the entrance.

Permission must be obtained for entry of cameras, goods, tools, equipment, etc.

Pushchairs and children under the age of 13 years are not allowed to enter the Courts of Justice building.