Court reporter ejected for wearing sparkly leggings

Published: 03rd July 2012

Court reporter ejected for wearing sparkly leggings
A court reporter from New Zealand was recently ejected from a murder trial after the judge deemed her clothing choice to be inappropriate.

Laura McQuillan, a reporter for NZ Newswire, arrived at Wellington's High Court wearing a black long-sleeve shirt paired with glittery gold leggings.

The 25-year-old was sitting on the media bench for the trial of Scott Guy, but was approached by a registrar and asked to leave before the lunch break.

Commenting angrily on her Twitter account afterwards, Ms McQuillan said: "I'm sitting under a table! No one even sees my legs!"

While there are no specific clothing rules for media members in the courtroom, the Ministry of Justice does ask reporters to "please attend court suitably and professionally dressed" in its short media guide for court reporters.

However, Ms McQuillan's choice of sequins perhaps does not fall under the professional dress code.

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