Character Reference Guide

If you have pleaded guilty or been found guilty of a ‘Criminal Offence’ or ‘Major Traffic Offence’, you should obtain character references for the Magistrate or Judge.
The following is a general guide for your assistance:

1. Basic rules about character references:

2. What your ‘referee’ should say about themselves:

Your referee should say something about:

3. What your referee should say about you:

Your referee should say:

4. What your referee should say about the offence, your attitude and the possible impact:

Finally, this is a guide-only and the contents of your reference must be accurate and true as they will be handed up to the court.

Please also write in your own style and with your own words.

Watch our video on what should be included in a Character Reference