A character reference is a letter to the Court written by people who know you and are willing to write about your good character even though they know you are pleading guilty to a criminal offence. A good character reference will assist your team in making submissions to the Court.
A character reference can:
A person writing a character reference should have a good reputation and should not have a criminal record. They may be:
Below is further information on how your reference can be.
[DATE YOU SIGN THE DOCUMENT]
“The Presiding Magistrate,
[The current Court you are before] Local Court
[address of the Court]
The reference letter should be sincere and accurately depict you as a person. The Court will likely deal with many people who have similar offences, so your references give the Court the opportunity to learn more about you as a person and explain why you did what you did and why you won’t do it again.
[Name of Referee]”
The referee should sign it