For a person appearing before the courts, a character reference is able to provide the magistrate with a unique and personal character perspective on the accused.

If you have been asked to write a character reference for someone you know who is appearing before the court, we have prepared a handy guide to assist you.

A character reference may be written by anyone who knows you (the defendant) well including:

  • A current or ex- employer
  • An old family friend
  • A family member (in which case the relationship should be disclosed)
  • A priest or other religious or social leader
  • A teacher or guidance councillor

More about getting a character reference for court here.

You might have watched plenty of tv, but what happens in real life when you plead guilty to a charge?

In this article, we walk you through all the steps of a guilty plea including what happens before, at and after sentencing as well as recording a conviction and possible sentencing outcomes.

Read the guide to pleading guilty here.