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Judge Tells Female Lawyers They Must Wear Jackets ‘With Sleeves Below The Elbow’ In The Courtroom

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) — A Tennessee judge wants female lawyers to dress more appropriately while in his courtroom.

The Tennessean reports that Rutherford County Circuit Judge Royce Taylor has outlined in the Rutherford County Bar newsletter that women are showing too much skin while defending their clients.

“I have advised some women attorneys that a jacket with sleeves below the elbow is appropriate or a professional dress equivalent,” the letter states, according to The Tennessean. “Your personal appearance in court is a reflection upon the entire legal profession.”

Taylor tells WSMV-TV that he has been receiving complaints about their attire.

“Most of the complaints came from the attorneys wearing sleeveless attire,” Taylor told WSMV. “In one case I had one to appear in a golf shirt, a woman. I didn’t feel that was appropriate.”

Some female lawyers agree with Taylor’s stance.

“Someone needs to tell women that sundresses are not proper in the courtroom,” attorney Lisa Eischeid told The Tennessean. “But it can be a delicate issue.”

Taylor has previously fined male lawyers for not wearing a suit jacket inside his courtroom.

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