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Character Reference for Court

Character Reference for Court
A Character Reference for Court is an extremely serious request that is made by a court or a judge to a person who is in a position to recommend another. The person who writes a Character Reference for Court letter must be able to attest to the personality, abilities, temperament, dependability  and disposition of a person. The content of such a letter can be a key piece of evidence for the defendant. It is important to find out for what purpose it is required and what the person has been accused of.

Character Reference for Court
When writing the letter, you must remain honest in your character assessment but you may choose characteristics of the person that would highlight desired personality traits, ethics and strengths. A Character Reference for Court letter is therefore an important document that requires a formal response using the correct format & wording.

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Sample Character Reference for Court Format
The sample format, wording and writing etiquette will help you to write a helpful Character Reference for Court using an acceptable format and the correct wording etiquette for these types of letters. You need to make a decision as to you know the person well enough to give a character reference and if your letter would be favorable. If you have nothing good to say about a person it is better to say nothing at all and advise the legal team accordingly. Ask the legal team for assistance in writing the letter if you feel 'out of your depth' or are unsure how to proceed.

Character Reference for Court letter Content
The sample format provides a good example of how to write a Character Reference for Court that includes the proper way to start and close these types of letters and the proper form of salutation.

District / Supreme Court address to "The Presiding Judge" or "To whom it may concern", "Your Honor" or as advised by the legal team

It should include information about the person's personality, talents, skills and personal ethics. A Character Reference for Court letter is usually requested by a legal team as a character witness letter to present to a court or a judge. The purpose of the is to confirm that you have personal knowledge of the person and can vouch for certain positive aspects of their character.

How to write a Character Reference for Court - Format & Template
The following example provides the format and template with suggested wording designed to show you how to write a Character Reference for Court letter.

 

How to write a Character Reference for Court Letter - Format & Template

Character Reference for Court Letter FormatSample Wording and Etiquette

Address Details
Tel. Details
Fax Details
Email Address

Date

To Whom it may Concern

Dear Sir or Madam,
                                  Re:
Mr. John Peter Smith

First Paragraph


Second and Subsequent Paragraphs


Closing Paragraph

Yours faithfully,


Jean Brown


First Sample Paragraph

I have been asked by
name of lawyer, solicitor or legal team
to write a character reference on behalf of my friend / colleague,  Mr. John Peter Smith.

Main Body Paragraph - Personal Reference
I have known
John Smith in a social capacity / as a business associate for over ___ years and have found him to be reliable, hard working, polite and conscientious. He has achieved ______

Closing Sample Paragraphs
(Include details of your credentials, qualifications and achievements to establish your credibility.)

I trust that the information provided will be of assistance and will be happy to provide further information, if required.

Sample Format & LayoutSample Wording Etiquette
 

How to write a Character Reference Letter - Watch the Video!
We have provided a short video on how to write a Character Reference letter containing a simple step-by-step guide to writing letters using a professional format, etiquette and wording.

 

How to write a Character Reference Letter Video

 

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Confronted with a task? Need to write a Character Reference? Not sure where to start? Our Samples and Examples Help! Writing letters can sometimes be difficult or tricky. Our video sample provides a good example of how to write a Character Reference and is designed to provide some inspiration to approaching this task. Save yourself some time and look at the video example with the correct format and layout to use when writing this type of letter.

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Character Reference for Court Letter

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