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This page has information on how to prepare a character reference to be used in the local court. You can use this information to help you find someone to be a referee. This information can also be used by the person writing a character reference.
For a sample, see
Sample character reference.
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 have been charged with a criminal offence.
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:
You should avoid asking people under the age of 18 to prepare a character reference.
You should be willing to tell your referee about the offence. This is because it is important that the referee say that they are aware of the offence, but still believe you are someone of 'good character'.
Character references should be typed or neatly written on a white A4 piece of a paper. If it is from your employer it should be on letterhead if possible.
They should state:
The reference should not include the following:
You should take the original letter and three copies to court. The original will be kept by the court. You will need to give one copy to the prosecutor, keep one for your records and have a spare.