How do you address a court by letter?


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An appropriate letter to the court of law must be written in business or professional tone with the text aligned to the left margin. The letter should be concise and to-the-point; correct spelling, punctuation and grammar are also a must, according to The Law Dictionary.

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Beneath the date, the name of the judge, title and court mailing address should be included at the top of the letter, explain The Law Dictionary legal experts.

A brief introduction following the salutation should announce the author, make reference to the case number or circumstance and state the purpose of the letter. The body of the document should elaborate on the reason for the letter. It should include specific details that support the letter's purpose -including references to evidence and any witnesses or other persons that may be directly involved- that encourage the court to honor the request. The conclusion re-states the goal of the letter mentioned in the introduction and should additionally thank the court or judge for their time and indicate they are hopeful the court will honor their consideration, explains The Law Dictionary. Contact information for relaying the decision appears at the very end of the conclusion. An appropriate farewell, like 'respectfully,' 'sincerely' or 'regards' provides the finishing touch, with the name of the author several spaces below.

The document should be single-spaced, with spaces between the date, address, greeting, intro, body, conclusion, end greeting and signature. Writers should always review their letter before submission; a poorly-written document with organizational errors is not likely to result in serious consideration.

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