Writing A Court Statement To A Judge
Many lawyers will suggest their clients prepare a letter to the judge before they go to court. Sometimes the letter is in written format and given to the judge and sometimes the statement is just prepared to be given verbally.
Because a judge has great influence in the out come of your case, an individual may also be asked by the court to prepare a statement to the judge in regards as a witness for another persons case.
Steps To Write a Statement For A Judge
- List all personal information such as your name, date of birth, date of statement and the case number the statement is regarding. Use the judge's name him or her as "Honorable Judge (last name)". Sign the statement with your legal signature.
- State the purpose you are trying to convey clearly. Making a statement regarding an incident should describe what happened plainly and in the order that it happened. Statements sent to be considered by the judge should state the reason for your statement with the point clearly understandable. An example would be if you as a victim are writing to request the judge not reduce the defendant's bail.
- Make your letter short, simple and try to limit to one page. The judge will be more likely to consider your statement if it does not go on and on. Do not be afraid to speak as you feel necessary, but do not use degrading or blaming words toward anyone or repeat yourself in the statement. Your purpose is to state the truth only.
- Use proper grammar and punctuation in all correspondence with any court. The statement should be typed or printed from the computer if possible. If the statement must be handwritten, do so with good penmanship on proper paper. Be sure that the writing is legible. A good tip would be to let a friend read over the statement. Use a pen with black or blue ink only.
- You can mail your statement to the court or bring it to the courtroom and present it when the judge acknowledges the case. Give the bailiff your letter along with extra copies to be given to the prosecuting attorney or other attorneys on the case. Being prepared will help matters move quickly and efficiently.
Preparing To Give a Statement To The Judge
Preparing a statement for a judge can be a bit intimidating. Whether you have been asked to prepare a statement or you feel the need to write the judge with a request, you need not feel overwhelmed. Remember, the judge's responsibility is to treat all parties fairly and without prejudice. Feel confident that you can state your concern to the best of your ability and present it to the judge without fear.
Example Of Spoken Statement To Judge In Court
Preparing For A Civil Court Case
It important to write clearly and directly when preparing to write a statement to the judge so your statement will be clear. If you have issues with grammar and writing a letter I recommend you do a little research of grammar and letter writing format before you start.
What Experiences Have You Had In Giving A Legal Statement To the Judge?
cashforheirs on February 19, 2013:
Sometimes you need to get angry in court, just keep decorum at the same time.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on April 09, 2011:
None, thank goodness, but I can see this being very helpful when someone needs to do this.