Getting a character reference for court

Getting a character reference for court

Witten character references can help your case in court.

Getting a character reference for court from one or more persons (of a good reputation themselves) should be a priority for you before your sentencing.

Some examples of people that you can ask to be your character reference include:

You may have been asked to write a character reference because you are:

  • A current or ex- employer
  • An old family friend
  • A family member
  • A priest or other religious or social leader (including sports and hobby groups)
  • A teacher or guidance councillor

It’s a good idea to contact your potential referees with plenty of notice in advance – so that they may have plenty of time to prepare the reference for you.

The reference should be typed if possible and include the contact information for the person providing the reference (as often the court will contact to confirm).

In order to assist you and your referee, we have prepared a number of resources for you (right).

Our guide to writing a character reference includes information on writing the letter and handy tips on what to include and what not to include.

Visit “Writing a character reference for court” here.

A sample for download for assistance when writing a character reference letter for submission to the court.

Reference for “Joe Citizen”.

“Joe Citizen” is appearing before the Magistrate’s Court in Southport on drugs charges.

View the sample character reference letter here.

This second sample reference letter is provided by Legal Aid Queensland for a fictional defendant appearing before the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on a charge of wilful damage.

View the sample character reference letter here.