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Learn how to pen a proper letter with the tips in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Pen and paper or computer and printer
- Judge's name
- Court's address
- Case number
- Case name (optional)
Include your contact info
Write the date, your name, and your address at the top right corner.
Indicate the recipient
Write the judge's name and the court's address along the left margin, beneath your own. Use the title "Honorable" before the judge's name -- for instance, "Honorable John Smith."
Include a salutation
Open your letter with "Dear Honorable John Smith," "Dear Judge John Smith," or "Your Honor."
State your purpose
State your purpose for writing the judge very clearly in the first sentence. Keep the letter brief and to the point -- a maximum of one page is ideal.
Identify your case
Include the case number to which you are referring and be sure to sign your name to the letter.
Don't write in vain
Don't present evidence in your letter. Most judges will stop reading and you will fail to get your point across.