I have made a civil complaint in my local magisterial district court and received a notice to defend from the defendant, so I will need to go to court at the end of this week. I have lost some weight due to exercise recently and my suit no longer fits comfortably (nor looks very good). I'm also not sure where my tie is. Unfortunately, the notice to defend was lost in the mail and I just found out five minutes ago that I will need to show up for court.
Is it appropriate to show up to court in slacks and a golf-T, or slacks and a button down shirt, instead of a suit? Or should I wear the suit and try to make it look as best I can? My first instinct was that magisterial courts may be more lax than county courts, but my second instinct was that magisterial judges may be more sensitive to dress due to that very presumption.
I am looking for a practical answer to this question. While I know that there likely isn't any absolutely enforced dress code, dressing too casually will surely bias the judge against me. I would like to know where the line is likely to fall for most judges.