character reference

How to write a character reference for court

The reference should be: 

  • preferably one page but no more than two
  • neatly written or typed
  • addressed to The Chief Clerk
  • signed and dated

The referee should include: 

  • their name and occupation
  • how long they have known you
  • how they know you
  • their opinion of your character
  • any examples of matters demonstrating your good character
  • their opinion of the pending matter 
  • any other relevant matters

The referee should not include: 

  • their opinion of the appropriate sentence. 
  •  anything false or something they are not sure about
  • anything they would not be happy seeing printed in a newspaper