Court Monitor For Victims of Domestic Violence

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COURT WATCH MONTGOMERY INC

Court Watch Montgomery's more than 50 conscientious volunteers of diverse ages and backgrounds believe that every victim of intimate partner violence deserves rapid and comprehensive legal protection and respectful treatment by judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and court personnel. As a nonprofit research organization, we have compiled data on more than 5,000 protective order and domestic violence criminal cases and published numerous reports on our findings that have resulted in life-saving improvements at court.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our effort and we need your help. We seek objective court monitors with superior listening skills. As unbiased observers with a penchant for detail, we need you to collect accurate data that could have a profound impact on the lives of future victims. Becoming involved with Court Watch will not only provide you with the opportunity to connect with the community in a meaningful way but will allow you to witness first-hand how a data-driven nonprofit organization can create lasting changes to the court system.

Note: Courts are now fully open to the public and are encouraging parties to attend hearings in-person or remotely in certain instances. We are seeking volunteers who are comfortable attending court in-person. The use of masks and social distancing is enforced by bailiffs and hearings are heard in several court rooms to avoid overcrowding.

Court Monitor Requirements

  • Observe and document court data on monitoring forms in Silver Spring District Court (across from downtown Silver Spring metro) or Rockville District court (a few blocks from Rockville metro)
  • Volunteers are asked to commit to two weekday mornings per month of their choice to attend protective order hearings held 8:45 a.m to around noon.
  • Due to the learning curve and training involved, we require a commitment of at least a year, preferably longer
  • Collaborates immediately after court session with other volunteers in attendance to create a Master Monitoring Form for quality-control purposes
  • Willing to attend training, receive feedback, and make revisions to completed monitoring forms
  • Ability to scan forms or take a cell phone photo for electronic submission

To complete an application: https://courtwatchmontgomery.org/volunteer/volunteer-form/

If you have additional questions: akass@courtwatchmontgomery.org

Court Watch is a respectful inclusive organization. We welcome everyone and do not discriminate based on race, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or creed. Volunteers are expected to conform to our culture of inclusion when attending organization events and when in court.

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About COURT WATCH MONTGOMERY INC

Location:

8720 GEORGIA AVE STE 302, SILVER SPRING, MD 20910, US

Mission Statement

Court Watch Montgomery (CWM) works to reduce intimate partner violence by ensuring that victims have access to responsive justice and vital services so the violence can be stopped, quickly and permanently.

Description

Citizen volunteers monitor Montgomery County court civil and criminal hearings on intimate partner violence and identify important patterns that can put survivors of domestic violence and their children at unnecessary risk. We have compiled data on over 5,000 cases and published numerous reports on our findings that have already resulted in life-saving improvements at court. The courts often function well, and we also highlight those practices. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our effort. We currently most need volunteers to monitor protective order hearings in Rockville or in Silver Spring district court weekday mornings. Volunteers should be available to come to court at least twice a month for a minimum of 6 months, preferably longer due to the learning curve and training involved.

Court Watch is a respectful inclusive organization. We welcome everyone and do not discriminate based on race, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or creed. Volunteers are expected to conform to our culture of inclusion when attending organization events and when in court.

To submit an application: https://courtwatchmontgomery.org/volunteer/volunteer-form/

Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Rockville, MD 20850

(39.084,-77.15278)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • twice a month for a year in either Rockville or Silver Spring district courts. Flexible weekday mornings 8:45 a.m - 12:00. Willing to attend 4 training sessions from 1 - 4 hours in duration over the course of several weeks scheduled in advance.
  • good hearing and ability to focus, ability to record accurate data, willing to read and reference instructions, attention to detail, receive feedback on completed monitoring forms and make revisions. Intellectually curious and enjoy learning

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