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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: General Information: Public Relations: Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Program

The court first tapped volunteer power in 1986 when it opened its original Children's Waiting Room in response to community concern for child witnesses exposed to prisoners being escorted through the public hallways. Since then, the volunteer program has expanded to embrace many facets of court activities. The volunteer program can provide an invaluable experience to individuals seeking a legal career as well as to those interested in serving their community.

Apply today!

Individuals 18 and older who wish to learn more about the justice system, and make a significant contribution to their communities at the same time, are invited to contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

To maintain courthouse security, prospective volunteers must pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting, before acceptance into the program. Additionally, those serving in the Children's Waiting Rooms attend a free class in CPR.

The court is deeply indebted to the public-spirited volunteers who help provide essential services. Contributing their time and expertise enhances the way their fellow citizens experience justice.

Click here to fill out the online volunteer form, or call weekdays at (619) 450-7443.


Judicial Internship Program

Current law school students have the opportunity to intern with the Court while enrolled in law school. The program provides a behind-the-scenes overview of the practice of law in Superior Court so that students can apply what they have learned in law school to real cases and better understand expectations of licensed attorneys. The Court has potential assignments in civil, criminal, family, juvenile and probate at various branches in the County (Central, North, East and South). Click here for more information and deadlines for application.

Volunteer Opportunities

Temporary Judges/Settlement Attorneys

Attorneys seeking information about volunteering as a Temporary Judge (Judge Pro Tem) or Settlement Attorney, click here.


Information Desk

Problem solvers do well at the courthouse information desks, directing individuals to courtrooms, district attorney offices, or related justice agencies located nearby. Patient individuals who can flip through unfamiliar paperwork to find a customer's destination are particularly valuable. Information desk volunteers have the daily court calendars, reference information, and handout maps to other locations ready to speed customers on their way.

Available at: Hall of Justice, Central Courthouse, South County Regional Center, East County Regional Center, North County Regional Center



Jury Services

People managers excel at the courthouse jury lounges, helping staff answer questions and move large groups of people from the orientation site to the courtrooms. First-time jurors particularly appreciate the directions and encouragement that volunteers can provide.

Available at: Hall of Justice, North County Regional Center, East County Regional Center

 

Business Office

Individuals and students interested in learning more about our judicial system are needed to volunteer in the court's business offices. You can gain experience and knowledge while assisting court staff with various tasks.

Available at: Main Courthouse, Hall of Justice, Family Court, East County Regional Center, South County Regional Center, North County Regional Center


Student Tours

San Diego Superior Court and the Bar Association of San Diego County have teamed up to offer a unique educational opportunity. Volunteer tour guides are needed to lead students, grades 5 through 12, through a comprehensive program about the California court system, which consists of a visit to the felony arraignment department, participation in a mock trial, and observation of an actual trial. Prior knowledge of the court system is not necessary. Experienced and knowledgeable tour guides will provide training.

Available at: Central Courthouse

 

Waiting Room for Children

Courthouses are not the best environment for young children. The emotionally-charged atmosphere can be frightening to young children. Your presence as a trained volunteer in the fully-equipped Children's Waiting Room creates a safer, more nurturing alternative to the hallway. Child-sized furniture, toys,  and games all contribute to the oasis of calm created by our caring volunteers.

Available at: Family Court, Juvenile, North County Regional Center, East County Regional Center, South County Regional Center, and three locations Downtown.


Guidelines

  • Superior Court is committed to the concept that volunteers are equally as important as employees and affords them the same respect and consideration. Like employees, volunteers are expected to report for duty as assigned and to give appropriate feedback to their supervisors.

  • The Volunteer Coordinator maintains a personnel file on each participant, which records the hours worked in each assignment and notes unusual achievements for use in writing letters of recommendation.

  • To maintain courthouse security, prospective volunteers must pass a criminal background check, including fingerprints, before acceptance into the program.

  • All volunteers are trained on a one-to-one basis in the work they will perform. Additionally, those serving in the Children's Waiting Rooms attend a free class in CPR.
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