A Vermont man managed to get out of jury duty Tuesday by using a novel technique: arriving at the courthouse in a prisoner costume. 

James Lowe of Barnet said he was released from jury duty when he showed up wearing a black-and-white striped jumpsuit with a matching beanie.

The Caledonian Record reported that Lowe showed up on time and joined other potential jurors for the selection process. Deputies directed him to an empty courtroom to meet with the case judge, who then ordered him to leave.

Lowe says the unidentified judge told him he could have been found in contempt of court, which would mean a fine or possible jail time.

Lowe says the juror instructions don’t restrict clothing, but he is happy to be released because of his work schedule and family obligations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.