MADD’s Court Monitoring Program enlists and trains court monitors to observe and document what happens in the courtroom during DWI proceedings. Court monitors track results and identify inconsistencies on how DWI cases are handled and resolved. MADD shares the information with law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders and, if necessary, the media, to help ensure appropriate actions. Studies have shown that the mere presence of a court monitor can have a positive effect on sentencing. Volunteers attend Loudoun County Court one day a week,Monday - Friday, or one morning, or one afternoon a week. You pick the day of the week that fits your schedule.
An orientation is provided on how to access the public traffic data base and training at the court room on how to complete the MADD monitoring forms..
This is an ideal program for retired persons, law students, criminal justice justice students, and paralegal college students to gain experience in the court process.
A background check is required.
The goals of MADD’s Court Monitoring Program are to enhance transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system to promote appropriate sentencing and reduce the likelihood of repeat DWI offenses. This is accomplished by:
* Promoting public interest and awareness of the outcomes of criminal cases in the justice system
* Compiling information on the handling of DWI cases
* Creating relevant reports and publicize the findings
* The program supports MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving .
We invite you to join us in the fight against this 100% preventable crime.