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You may need to write to a court (or tribunal) for a number of reasons, including to:
When you write a letter to a court, you should make sure the person reading it can understand what case you are referring to, and what you want.
For a helpful tool to use when writing a letter to a court, see
Checklist: Writing letters.
All letters to court should include:
When you write a letter to a court, your name and address should be at the top of the page, on the right hand side. Underneath that, on the left hand side, you should write the date and the name of the court and its address. Use a PO Box address if the court has one.
Always include the date you are signing/sending the letter. A date is important because:
When you write a letter to a court about a case that has been started, you should include a heading. The heading should state the names of the parties, the court the case is in, and the case number. It is important to give this information to help court staff identify what your letter is referring to.
When you write to a court, you should clearly state what the letter is about. If you are:
If you expect a reply or confirmation of receipt of documents, you should say this in the letter and tell the court your preferred contact details.
When you have completed the letter, you can write "Yours faithfully", leave two or three spaces, write your name and then sign in between "Yours faithfully" and your name.
If you are sending any documents, cheques or any other items, these are called 'enclosures'. You should describe what you are enclosing in the text of your letter (as in the example above). You should also add the letters "encl" underneath your name. This reminds the person receiving the letter that you sent something with it.
Make sure you include a telephone number in any letter you write so that the person you send the letter to can contact you if they need to. You could also include your email address, if you have one.
Make sure you keep a copy of the letter and a record of when you posted it. You could use registered post so that there is a record of when the person you sent the letter received it.