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A sentencing hearing is held where a person pleads guilty to an offence, or if they are found guilty after a hearing. At this sentencing hearing, the person (or their legal representative) can tender a letter of apology for the Magistrate to consider. Our Solicitors know that a well drafted letter of apology can have an impact upon the sentence that is imposed by the Court.
This page has been designed to assist you in the preparation of an apology letter for court.
Ideally, a letter of apology in a Local Court sentence should be one page in length, unless the offence is complicated or extremely serious. A longer letter may be required where there is an unusual set of circumstances, where gaol is the likely punishment or where the matter is being dealt with in the District Court.
The formalities that should be complied with when writing a letter of apology include:
The most important part of a letter of apology is the apology itself. The apology should be genuine and not copied from any examples you may find online. The best letters of apology are not the ones written with perfect grammar or impressive language. The best letters of apology are the ones that are truly written from the heart – spelling mistakes and all.
The best letters of apology:
A letter of apology should not:
If you have any questions about drafting a letter of apology, or if you’d like to speak with one of our Criminal Solicitors, please feel free to call our office on 1300 168 676.
By Trudie Cameron / Criminal Lawyer / Senior Associate
Trudie has experience defending clients charged with state and commonwealth offences having appeared on their behalf in Local and District Courts and instructed Counsel in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Court of Criminal Appeal. She combines her impressive skills in advocacy and legal analysis with a focus on her client's interests and wellbeing. Read More >
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