Sample Letter to a Judge

There are number of occasions when you have to write a letter to judge. For example as a crime victim or victim advocate you may want to write a letter to the judge in the criminal court case. You may request the judge to increase or reduce a person’s bail. So you need to write letters to the judge to make your interest or request known to the judge.
Most people do not know that they can simply submit their letter or note to the judge at any time in the court proceedings. Some sample letters to judge are also attached that will help you to customize your letter. Important tips to write letters to a judge are also given below that will help you in writing your own letter;

  • Do not hesitate to write to judge. You need to remember that judge is sitting there to know about the facts. It will not make any affect on case if you will not follow a special format.
  • If your letter was perfect the judge would think your lawyer wrote it and just ignore it.

Write from your heart. Say what you feel. Be confident.

  • Do not fix all the errors. Make it look like it came from your kitchen table.
  • Make your letter short, simple, and legible.
  • Try to limit your letter to one page so the judge can read it quickly.
  • Do not write it in English if you do not have command in it. Write your letter in a language in which you can express your feelings more easily.
  • It’s always a good idea to state your purpose very clearly at the beginning of the letter. Stating your purpose clearly at the beginning of the letter also makes your letter much easier to read.
  • The best time to present your letter to the judge is when the judge calls the case
  • Try to make at least five copies of your letter before taking it into the court. You need to be aware that the letter you will give to your judge will also be submitted to so many other persons.

Here are some letters to judge for your reference and use.

Sample Letter to a Judge

Your Name:
Address:
City:
Phone Number:
Postal Code:
Email Address:

Date:

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am the victim in the rape case of People vs. Ray Johnson. I just learned that the prosecution and defense have agreed to a plea bargain in this case. The prosecutor has agreed to drop one charge of kidnap and two charges of rape in exchange for a guilty plea from the defendant on one charge of sexual battery. Since sexual battery in California means only that someone sexually puts their hands on another person, I feel this deal is grossly unjust to myself and the community, and I urge you to please reject this deal.

I have already expressed my strong dissatisfaction with this deal to the prosecutor. The prosecutor said he wants to save me the trauma of having to testify. But I am fully willing to testify in this case even though I’m nervous about testifying. I want the truth to be told because I don’t want what happened to me to happen to any other woman.

The prosecutor also said there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute the case. But there were witnesses at key points in the crime and a lot of other evidence too.

I believe the only reason the prosecutor has offered this give-away deal is so that he can avoid the work of having to properly prosecute this case.

In the interests of justice and the safety of our community, I’m asking that you please reject the plea bargain.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely, / faithfully

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Signature

Sample Letter to a Judge

Your Name:
Address:
City:
Phone Number:
Postal Code:
Email Address:

Date:

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am the victim in the rape case of People vs. Ray Johnson. I just learned that the prosecution and defense have agreed to a plea bargain in this case. The prosecutor has agreed to drop one charge of kidnap and two charges of rape in exchange for a guilty plea from the defendant on one charge of sexual battery. Since sexual battery in California means only that someone sexually puts their hands on another person, I feel this deal is grossly unjust to myself and the community, and I urge you to please reject this deal.

I have already expressed my strong dissatisfaction with this deal to the prosecutor. The prosecutor said he wants to save me the trauma of having to testify. But I am fully willing to testify in this case even though I’m nervous about testifying. I want the truth to be told because I don’t want what happened to me to happen to any other woman.

The prosecutor also said there isn’t enough evidence to prosecute the case. But there were witnesses at key points in the crime and a lot of other evidence too.

I believe the only reason the prosecutor has offered this give-away deal is so that he can avoid the work of having to properly prosecute this case.

In the interests of justice and the safety of our community, I’m asking that you please reject the plea bargain.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely, / faithfully

Name

Signature

Sample Letter to a Judge

Your Name:
Address:
City:
Phone Number:
Postal Code:
Email Address:

Date:

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am the victim in the rape case of People vs. Ray Johnson. The prosecutor on this case has ordered me to turn over my entire diary. He’s threatening me, saying that if I don’t do so I can be thrown in jail. I am more than willing to allow the relevant parts of my diary to be used as evidence in this case. But most of my diary has nothing to do with the events of this case. In fact, most of my diary covers back three years before the rape even occurred.

I know I have constitutional rights to privacy. I’m asking you to protect my rights. If I have to turn over my entire diary to the prosecutor, then the prosecutor has to turn it over to the defense. It would be so unjust and unfair if, after raping me, the defendant then gets to trample freely through my most intimate thoughts in my diary, and then fish around to use anything they might find against me.

Please protect my rights to privacy. I am willing to turn my diary over to you so you can decide which part of my diary is needed as evidence, and so you can please put a protective order on all parts of my diary that aren’t needed as evidence.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely, / faithfully

Name

Signature

Sample Letter to a Judge

Your Name:
Address:
City:
Phone Number:
Postal Code:
Email Address:

Date:

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am the victim in the domestic violence case of People vs. Ray Johnson. I am willing to testify in this case.

I’m requesting that you please don’t reduce the defendant’s bail. I’m also requesting that you issue a criminal protective order ordering that Mr. Johnson have no contact with me or with our children. My children were present when Mr. Johnson beat me and threatened to kill me two days ago. Mr. Johnson also said if I ever called the police he would take the children and I would never see them again.

I am very afraid of him and believe he is capable of carrying out his threats. He has been violent towards me and the children for the last two years, and every beating is worse than the one before. Please don’t reduce his bail. Please grant a criminal protective order for myself and my children.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely, / faithfully

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