Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker has some good tips about the most effective ways to email judges.

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Every once in a while, it may be necessary for you to email a judge.  What you say and how you say it is important not only to your relationship with the judge but also your relationship with opposing counsel.

Here are 3 suggestions for what to do when emailing the judge.

  1. Include the case name, case number and county or jurisdiction in the subject line. Judges deal with dozens of cases each day so make it easy for him or her to locate your case.
  2. Start the email with a respectful greeting, like “Good morning, Your Honor” or “Dear Judge Jones.” Be concise and professional. State right away what the purpose of your email is.
  3. Because of the danger of ex parte communication, get permission from the other attorney prior to contacting the judge and specifically state that you have done so in your email.

And one last thing, your emergency is not the judge’s emergency.  Don’t expect or demand that the judge respond to your email right away.  You don’t want your impatience to be misinterpreted as disrespect.