Below are questions that the magistrate or judge usually wants to know about.
You do not have to answer every question in your reference.
HHJ Mostyn said: ´On the facts of this case it is clear to me that supervised contact would only have been appropriate if there was the clearest and most compelling evidence that in some way S's best interests would be jeopardised by unsupervised, normal contact.
Given the terms of the Strasbourg jurisprudence to which I have referred, it is almost as if there is a presumption in favour of normal contact and it is for those who say it is inappropriate to prove by clear evidence why this is so.´ If they are the applicant (the person applying to the court), you can refer to them as ´the Applicant´.
You may believe that what you have to say can impact how a judge approaches the task of sentencing someone you know.
Knowing what to include in your letter and how to say it can determine how effective the letter ends up being.
The content of your statement should be both fair and accurate and you should be able to justify any comments/opinions you make.
Where you give opinion, it is helpful if you can provide evidence which is supportive of the points that you wish to raise.
Filing means delivering or posting a copy of the statement to the court, while serving means delivering a copy of your statement to the other party or their solicitor if they are legally represented (or to the other party if not).
The court is also likely to direct you to provide a copy of your statement to CAFCASS if they are involved in your case.