What can be used as proof of relationship?
The best proof of relationship is a certified copy of the civil or religious birth record of the person filing for benefits showing the parents’ names. When the relationship involves a legally adopted child or the parent of a legally adopted child, the best proof is a certified copy of the decree or order of adoption.
Can a family member write a letter to the judge?
The judge will consider letters from relatives, friends and employers who know the defendant. These letters are very important. Your letter should tell the judge briefly who you are, your relationship to the defendant, and that you are familiar with the criminal matter for which sentence is about to be imposed.
How do you address a judge in a letter if you don’t know the name?
Always address a judge as “Your Honor”. It doesn’t matter if you are speaking or writing, or in or out of court. “Your Honor” is always appropriate.
What should be included in a character reference letter?
Here are five elements all personal reference letters should include:Start by explaining your relationship to the candidate. Include long you’ve known the candidate. Add positive personal qualities with specific examples. Close with a statement of recommendation. Offer your contact information.