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    When Writing a letter to a court Judge, who's name you do not know, how should you address the person?

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    u can say:
    dear sir/madam
    or:
    to whom it may concern.
    but i think the first one is better.

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    In the US you'd normally write: Dear Judge (Last name),
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    Since you don't have a last name, I'd suggest just: Dear Judge,
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    You might also consider using Your Honor instead of 'Judge'.
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    Re: Letter Writing

    If there's any way of finding out the judge's name before sending the letter, it's always best to address it to him personally.

    If you don't know the name, the salutation line should simply say "Your Honor:" Don't say "Dear Judge:" unless you know his name and can say "Dear Judge Smith:"

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    Re: Letter Writing

    Quote Originally Posted by miss_astarya View Post
    When Writing a letter to a court Judge, who's name you do not know, how should you address the person?
    You would never address correspondence to a judge whose name you do not know. The name of the judge assigned to any given case can easily be obtained by calling the clerk's office of the court in which an action is pending. One of the docket clerks can look up the case (by the parties' names) and provide you with the name of the judge.

    Once that is obtained, the format follows:

    The Honorable Judge Martin A. Simpson
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    Eastern Division
    219 South Dearborn Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60602 (etc.)

    Salulation:

    Dear Judge Simpson

    *Please note that if you are corresponding with a magistrate judge, then the address is:

    The Honorable Magistrate Judge Martin A. Simpson

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