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Volunteer opportunity description

Ready to hold our government accountable? 
Interested in social justice work?
Want to learn more about women's issues? 

Get involved with our Court Watch Project! 

Your purpose will be to observe domestic violence related court cases and record significant data and observations, which will be used to track important trends in the court's response to domestic violence.  Reports based on YOUR observations will be sent weekly to department heads within the Domestic Violence Division of Cook County Circuit Court.  These observations will also be filtered into quarterly reports, culminating in a year-end report that is made available to the public.

YOU have the opportunity to make a difference in your community by holding the justice system accountable for its actions as they relate to domestic violence, as well as learn more about the legal system and the different dynamics of domestic violence.


Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school or the equivalent.

Must have an interest in issues related to domestic violence, social and criminal justice, human rights, and community activism.

Must be attentive and a good observer, able to record observations objectively and legibly.

Must be able to maintain appropriate boundaries and confidentiality as required.

Must be patient and calm, and be able to sit and concentrate for extended periods of time (up to four hours at a time).

Must complete application, a satisfactory screening interview and criminal background check, and provide professional and personal references to be checked prior to admittance to the initial volunteer training.

Qualified applicants must complete required training and courthouse orientation.

COMMITMENT:  Minimum 4 hours per month 

NEXT TRAINING: February 16, 2012 from 10am-4pm

If you are interested, please email for a volunteer application.


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The Court Watch Project

Lillian Cartwright
Court Watch Project Coordinator
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