Above all else, dress like a professional.
1. For female court reporters, appropriate dress includes pantsuits or dress slacks with a tailored jacket, dresses, or a dressy blouse and skirt. Flat shoes are acceptable as long as they are dressy.
2. For male court reporters, a coat and tie and dress slacks are appropriate for court, and a tie and dress slacks for depositions.
3. Inappropriate dress includes casual sandals, canvas shoes, denim, khakis (in court), t-shirts, sweaters as a substitute for a jacket, low cut shirts and short skirts.
4. Do not wear perfume.
5. A good rule of thumb is: If you think it might be too casual, it’s too casual.