Since 2010, KCSARC’s CourtWatch program has helped victims of sexual violence obtain access to justice in the King County Superior Court. Utilizing community volunteers who observe criminal and civil cases, and through research of public records, CourtWatch gathers and provides critical information to ensure that victims and their advocates better understand the legal process, assist judges in making decisions that are fair, impartial, and equitable, and inform legislation aimed at preventing and prosecuting sexual violence in King County.
Litigants deserve a justice system that is accessible, fair, and respectful. CourtWatch is a resource to identify opportunities for improvement, and to reinforce what is working well. It is an important partnership between the justice system and the community that it serves.
For victims of sexual violence, many of whom have never set foot in a courtroom before, navigating the legal system can be a terrifying, frustrating experience. But, as a CourtWatch Monitor, you can be their eyes and ears in the criminal justice system.
CourtWatch Monitors do what no one else does-observe the courts to ensure that victims are receiving the justice they need and deserve. If you feel strongly about justice or have an interest in criminal law, sociology, human rights, issues related to sexual violence, or our legal system, please consider volunteering as CourtWatch Monitor. You will receive a firsthand look at how the courts handle cases of sexual violence and child physical abuse, and play a vital role in improving the justice system
Volunteers observe court proceedings at the Maleng Regional Justice Center (RJC) in Kent and/or the King County Courthouse in Seattle. Volunteers can indicate their location preference on their applications. Volunteers are required to provide their own transportation to and from court. A monitoring shift lasts approximately 3.5 hours. Volunteers are expected to make a minimum six-month commitment to volunteer for one shift per month. Volunteers may commit to monitor for less than six months (e.g. semester or quarter) if they will be receiving academic credit; however, those volunteers will be expected to volunteer at least once per week. Volunteers who are selected are also expected to attend the CourtWatch orientation before they begin monitoring. Orientations take place three times per year, in January, May, and September.
Please visit http://www.kcsarc.org/courtwatch for more info and to download the current volunteer application packet.
- Verbal / Written Communication
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training