Knox County courts cracking down on dress code

Knox County courts cracking down on dress code

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By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Judges at the Knox County courthouse are cracking down on the dress code. Among other things, they no longer want to see hats, bandanas, shorts, flip-flops or tank tops.

According to many courthouse regulars though, the idea sounds pretty unrealistic.

"I don't think its right. It's a public place and if people want to wear shirts or a hat, you should," said Tony Beltz.

Tony said he's wearing his shorts because it's hot outside. He added that he's wearing a hat because the logo has sentimental value.

"My best friend was in the West Side gang. It's just something we would all do together," said Beltz.

Tammy Carmley said wearing a tank top is the best way for her to beat the heat.

"I was standing outside smoking. I was standing there and sweating in my tank top. So I think I can imagine how it would be if I had a T-shirt or full sleeves on," said Carmley.

Signs strictly enforcing the dress code can now be seen all over the courthouse.

The rules have always been there, but now the higher ups are cracking down. Judge Andrew Jackson said it's because the outfits keep getting more unacceptable.

Last week, someone in his court turned up in swimming trunks and flip-flops. We asked him what he had to say to the many people at court who claim it's too hot for the dress code and that the rules are unfair.

"I agree it's hot, but you know, you are coming to court. So you have to dress appropriately," said Judge Jackson.

Among the people 6 News spoke to at the courthouse, the idea is not getting many positive reviews.

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