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Hall of Justice could see new dress code

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By: Brittany Paris

bparis@klkntv.com


Have you been to Lincoln’s courthouse lately? You might have to adjust what you wear there.

KC Furr is on his way to the County City building. You might notice he’s not wearing shoes.

“I don’t think shoes are necessary,” Furr, of Lincoln, said.

But soon, they might be if Furr plans on going into the Hall of Justice right next door.

Recently, a man who tried to enter the building was turned away because he wasn’t wearing shoes.

"Which was against the dress code that we have been using for some time," Jeff Kirkpatrick, City Attorney, said.

An unofficial dress code that’s similar to what you’d see in most restaurants.

The incident made the Public Building Commission, which oversees county and city owned property, ask the city attorney’s office to draft an official policy to enforce consistently.

Kirkpatrick says the dress code would be a standard no shirt, no shoes, no service kind of policy.

“We’re not talking about a very extensive policy,” he said.

Patrick and Emily Casillas, Lincoln, say they’ve seen people wear inappropriate clothing into the Hall of Justice, and would like to see the dress code implemented.

"Torn shirts, sandals, stuff that shouldn't be showing on your body that needs to be covered up," Patrick Casillas said.

"You see people wandering around with no shirt, no shoes, or you know, torn up stuff. Torn up clothes. I think it kind of looks tacky," Emily Casillas said.

But Furr doesn’t think the Committee should decide what he wears.

"My clothes are not creating a nuisance. There are no hazardous materials in there. No food being sold in there that I know of that would cause any health issues," Furr said.

Kirkpatrick says this isn’t intended to restrict access to public buildings, but to make sure they are hygienic and safe.

"These are public buildings and we don't want to draft a policy that would keep public from being able to access these buildings because they're their buildings," he said.

The City Attorney’s Office is expected to present the dress code draft at the Public Building Commission’s meeting in August.

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