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I am writing a letter to a judge. DS's court date is the 31st and I am writing to ask the judge to NOT give him another break. How should I address the letter? I don't know who the judge will be until we get to court.

Your HOnor?

Honorable Judge?



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William Shatner

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I would think "Your Honor"

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sunnykr wrote:

I am writing a letter to a judge. DS's court date is the 31st and I am writing to ask the judge to NOT give him another break. How should I address the letter? I don't know who the judge will be until we get to court.

Your HOnor?

Honorable Judge?


 Either would be fine.  Can you call and find out which judge?  If not, when you send the letter, include a cover letter to Clerk of Court asking them to make sure it gets in the right file. 

For the subject, put In Re: Son's name.  With case no. if you have it. 



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Thanks, Scottish Lass, that's what I was thinking, too. I definitely wouldn't want to insult the judge on court day!

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William Shatner

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I wouldn't either!!!!! Good luck..hope it goes well!

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Lawyerlady wrote:
sunnykr wrote:

I am writing a letter to a judge. DS's court date is the 31st and I am writing to ask the judge to NOT give him another break. How should I address the letter? I don't know who the judge will be until we get to court.

Your HOnor?

Honorable Judge?


 Either would be fine.  Can you call and find out which judge?  If not, when you send the letter, include a cover letter to Clerk of Court asking them to make sure it gets in the right file. 

For the subject, put In Re: Son's name.  With case no. if you have it. 


 LL, thanks! Do you think I should mail it in or bring it with me on court day? I hadn't even thought about mailing it ahead of time, but that makes sense. I know that parents of a juvenile up for a felony charge ususally ask for mercy for their kid, but I am doing the oppisite. Hope he doesn't think I am bad for doing so, it's just that he has caught so many "breaks" that did him no good, and it's time he learns a lesson.



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sunnykr wrote:
Lawyerlady wrote:
sunnykr wrote:

I am writing a letter to a judge. DS's court date is the 31st and I am writing to ask the judge to NOT give him another break. How should I address the letter? I don't know who the judge will be until we get to court.

Your HOnor?

Honorable Judge?


 Either would be fine.  Can you call and find out which judge?  If not, when you send the letter, include a cover letter to Clerk of Court asking them to make sure it gets in the right file. 

For the subject, put In Re: Son's name.  With case no. if you have it. 


 LL, thanks! Do you think I should mail it in or bring it with me on court day? I hadn't even thought about mailing it ahead of time, but that makes sense. I know that parents of a juvenile up for a felony charge ususally ask for mercy for their kid, but I am doing the oppisite. Hope he doesn't think I am bad for doing so, it's just that he has caught so many "breaks" that did him no good, and it's time he learns a lesson.


 I would mail it ahead of time and take a copy with me.  The judge should review the files ahead of time, and that way you won't have to hand it to him and wait while he reads it.  But take a copy in case the letter doesn't make it to the file. 



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Thanks again, LL! I will take your advice.



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Date: Aug 18, 2011
 
 

Yes, definitely mail it ahead so judge can read. Bring a copy in case the judge did not receive it. Good luck; hope all goes well.

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