These instructions are to help you prepare a character reference. They are not legal advice.
For a sample, see
Sample character reference.
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Character references are letters written by people who know you and who can write about your good character. These people (referees) should have a good reputation and should not have a criminal record.
A referee 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 are still happy to describe you as someone of 'good character'.
If you are asking a person to prepare a character reference for you, you can print off these instructions and give it to them to help them complete your reference.
Character references should:
The referee should include each of the following points:
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.