How to Address a Letter to a Judge

Follow these steps to correspond effectively with the person who has the power to swing the gavel.

You will need

  • Pen and paper or computer and printer
  • Judge's name
  • Court's address
  • Case number
  • Case name (optional)

Step 1 Include your contact info Write the date, your name, and your address at the top right corner.

Step 2 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.”

Step 3 Include a salutation Open your letter with “Dear Honorable John Smith,” “Dear Judge John Smith,” or “Your Honor.”

Step 4 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.

Step 5 Identify your case Include the case number to which you are referring and be sure to sign your name to the letter.

Step 6 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.