Rutherford County Judge Tells Female Attorneys to Dress Appropriately

Jun 13, 2013

Judge Royce Taylor

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Rutherford County judge is telling female attorneys to dress professionally at court.

The Tennessean reports that Circuit Court Judge Royce Taylor says he’s received a number of complaints from lawyers concerning other attorneys' apparel choices.

Taylor says he found judges weren't holding female attorneys to the same standard as male lawyers.

In his notice, Taylor wrote he has advised women attorneys that jackets should have sleeves that extend below the elbow and noted attorneys' personal appearance in court is a reflection upon the legal profession.

Attorney Lisa Eischeid says Taylor is equally demanding of male attorneys and says she once saw him hold a man in contempt for appearing without a jacket.