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How To Prepare A Statement For A Judge

Updated on March 19, 2013

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Example Of Spoken Statement To Judge In Court

Things To Remember

Always remember to act professional and know the rules for a court of law. If someone in the courtroom gets out of line or rude, the judge will throw them out. I witnessed a judge order one woman handcuffed and taken to the jail for 3 days for an inappropriate remark made in the courtroom. Showing anger in a courtroom will not help anyone. If the case is very emotional for you, try to prepare yourself before court So you will be able to keep a calm and reverent composure.

Preparing For A Civil Court Case

Writing Standards

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.

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What Experiences Have You Had In Giving A Legal Statement To the Judge?

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      cashforheirs 

      5 years ago

      Sometimes you need to get angry in court, just keep decorum at the same time.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      None, thank goodness, but I can see this being very helpful when someone needs to do this.

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