Character Reference Guidelines- Magistrates Court

A Character Reference should include:-

  • Your full name and occupation.
  • A brief paragraph setting out your background;
  • Details of how long you have known the Defendant and how you came to know the Defendant.
  • That you are aware the Defendant is to attend Court in relation to an offence/s charged.
  • Any comments about the Defendant’s character, in as much detail as needed or giving an example of a situation in which the Defendant’s personality is shown positively.
  • Details of any positive attributes you feel the Defendant has including any community contributions.

The Reference should:-

  • Be addressed to “The Presiding Magistrate.”
  •  Not extend beyond one page.
  •  Formulated in the referee’s own words.
  •  Be signed and dated by the referee.

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