How to address a letter to a judge

Written by charles harper
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How to address a letter to a judge

Some letters are more important than others, but few will be as important as a letter to a judge. Take the time to address it properly and it will serve you well.

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  1. 1

    The first line of the envelope should be addressed to "The Honorable Judge [First and Last Name]. " You can abbreviate "Honorable." Example: The Hon. Jane Doe

  2. 2

    For the second line, include the official title of the judge (for instance: "Associate Justice" or "Judge"), add a comma, then include the full name of the court. Example: Chief Justice, United State Supreme Court

  3. 3

    Use the remaining lines for the address of the court.

  4. 4

    The same full address is repeated at the beginning of your letter, which should be in a standard business format (see Resources).

  5. 5

    Use "Dear Judge [Last Name]" as your greeting.

  6. 6

    Proofread the address carefully before submitting for the mail for typos so that it can be delivered properly. If handwritten, be certain all letters are legible.

Tips and warnings

  • Print and keep a copy of any letters you write to a judge, or any other official.
  • If you are addressing a judge about an ongoing case, always talk to an attorney first.

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