​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

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Sample apology letter

Icon - sample/instructions This is an example of what an apology letter to the court could look like. You should make sure that your letter relates to the circumstances of your case. For more information on preparing an apology letter like this, see Apology letters. If you need more help preparing your apology letter, get legal advice.


1 December 2022


To the Presiding Magistrate

Downing Centre Local Court


I am writing to tell the court how sorry I am for the offence of common assault, which I am pleading guilty to.

I have not stopped thinking about my behaviour since the night of the offence and am deeply ashamed that I assaulted my wife Jane in front of our children when I was intoxicated. 

I was so embarrassed to be taken away from our home in a police car and to spend the night at the police station, but more than that, I am so ashamed of my behaviour.

I take full responsibility for my actions. This has also been a big wakeup call to me about my drinking problem, and although I don’t blame the alcohol for my actions, I have decided to get some professional help. I have started seeing a counsellor and have attended two appointments. So far they have been really helpful, and I have another appointment booked in next Tuesday.

I have apologised to Jane and our children. Moving forward want to be a better partner to Jane and be the best role model I can be for my children. I am lucky that Jane has forgiven me and given me another chance. Moving forward, I am committed to changing my behaviour so that I never come back to court again.


Yours sincerely

James Smith

James Smith