Judge lays down the law, hangs up sign saying pajamas not welcome in his courtroom


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CATAWISSA TOWNSHIP, Penn. – A Pennsylvania judge is sick and tired of seeing people show up for court in pajama bottoms.

Magisterial District Judge Craig Long put up a sign in the lobby of his courtroom reminding people that “pajamas are not appropriate attire for district court.”

"We have a growing problem of people not dressing appropriately for court. I just put it out there as a reminder of the code of conduct that should be followed when appearing in court," Long told WNEP.

Long said “it’s fine” that people choose to wear pajama bottoms out in public but believes it’s inappropriate in some places, including court.

"Just like if you're going to church, you should dress appropriately. We think that if you're going to court, you should dress the same way."

The sign isn’t meant for people who drop by to pay fines or get paperwork, Long said. It’s intended for those who appear before a judge in court.

"It's not a law. It's not a rule or something we can enforce. It's just there as a reminder."

Still, Long said he hopes people see the sign and take the suggestion to heart.

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