Example character reference
14 February 2013
The Presiding Magistrate
Melbourne Magistrates’ Court
[Who you are]
My name is Peter Johnson of 1 Temple Court, Keilor Park, architect.
[Your relationship to the person charged]
I have known Jane Citizen of 123 Alphabet Street, South Melbourne, retail assistant, for five years. We used to work
[Your knowledge of the person’s charges]
I understand that Jane Citizen has to attend court about a theft charge. She is very upset about the charge and I
believe she is sorry for what she has done.
[Your knowledge of what is going on in the person’s life]
She has been under stress due to her mother’s difficult battle with cancer. Even though she has been charged with
theft I would continue to trust Jane with my money and belongings.
[Your opinion of the person’s character]
I can say that in all the time I have known her, Jane Citizen has been a decent, hardworking and trustworthy person. I
believe any behaviour she displayed t