Writing a Character Reference for Court

A character reference for court is a letter written by someone who knows the defendant personally and can speak to their character. This type of letter is often requested by a judge or other legal authority as part of the process of determining an appropriate sentence for a defendant who has been found guilty of a crime.

If you have been asked to write a character reference for someone who is going to court, it is important to keep in mind that the letter should be addressed to the judge or other legal authority who will be considering the case. 

The purpose of the letter is to provide the judge with information about the defendant’s character, including any positive qualities or attributes that you believe the judge should consider when determining the sentence.

Here are some tips for writing a character reference for court:

  1. Use a formal tone and address the letter to the judge or other legal authority.
  2. Explain how you know the defendant and for how long you have known them.
  3. Describe any positive qualities or characteristics that you have observed in the defendant.
  4. Provide specific examples of how the defendant has demonstrated these positive qualities in the past.
  5. Explain why you believe the defendant is deserving of leniency or a more lenient sentence.
  6. Keep the letter brief and to the point, focusing on the most relevant information.
  7. Use a sincere and respectful tone throughout the letter.
  8. Have the letter proofread by someone else before submitting it to ensure that it is free of spelling and grammar errors.