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Court Monitor for Victims of Domestic Violence

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Court Watch Montgomery
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Silver Spring, MD
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Published 18 days ago

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 can create lasting changes to the court system.

Note: Contingent on what happens with the pandemic, courts are opening to the public at the end of April with health safety protocols in place. Our goal is to train new volunteers in May via Zoom and send them to monitor court in June, conditions permitting.

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 weekly mornings per month of their choice to attend protective order hearings held from 8:30 a.m. to around noon.
  • Collaborates immediately after court session with other volunteers to create a Master Monitoring Form for quality control purposes.
  • Due to the learning curve and training involved, we require a commitment of at least 6 months, preferably longer.
  • 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

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…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    A few hours per month
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Training Provided
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

On-site

Montgomery County District Court Houses in Rockville and Silver Spring

Silver Spring, MD, USA

How to Apply

Please do not apply unless you are able to attend court flexible weekday mornings twice a month as noted above.

Please do not apply unless you are able to attend court flexible weekday mornings twice a month as noted above.

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