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No more flip flops: Court plans dress code

BENTON, Mo. (AP) — Those making court appearances in southeast Missouri’s Scott County better start dressing for the occasion.

Circuit Clerk Christy Hency, after consulting with judges, is drafting a dress code. Bailiffs will be given the authority to send away those who don’t dress appropriately.

Hency says the idea came up at a recent seminar she attended for the National Center for State Courts. She says people are showing up in clothing that indicates a lack of respect.

Among the clothing that will likely be banned: Pajamas, tank tops with offensive wording, and flip flops.

Those summoned to court for any reason will also get notification about the dress code.

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