Volunteer Opportunity

Arraignments Assistants – Longmont and Boulder Courthouses

Application or Registration Deadline: 01/13/2017
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: District Attorney
Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Time Commitment or Project Date: Must be 21 years old to apply. 12 month commitment required (vacations excepted). Boulder position: Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs between the hours of 8:00am-12:00 noon. Longmont 1:15pm-3:45pm Wed, and 8am-11:30am Friday approx.. (each day may be shortened depending on caseload).
Location:

Boulder County Justice Center – 1777 6th St., Boulder served by several bus routes.

Longmont Courthouse – 1035 Kimbark St, Longmont served by several bus routes.

Free parking is also available at each location.

Program Summary:

The arraignments office handles the first court appearance for any traffic or misdemeanor violation. At this morning hearing the Magistrate will hear all cases scheduled for that day’s docket. During the arraignment process individuals appearing that day will be informed of their rights and discuss their case with a DA’s assistant or Arraignment staff. Each defendant will then return before the Magistrate and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
That’s where YOU come in!
The Arraignment Assistant explains and processes legal advisements and agreements between the District Attorney’s Office and those charged with misdemeanor offenses. Those entering guilty pleas will be assessed court fees and fines, pay for any damages (restitution) as a result of their actions, and have no further court dates. Those entering not guilty pleas will be assigned another court date to further discuss their case. This position requires courtesy, accuracy in giving information and recording data and the ability to represent the District Attorney well.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Explain and process legal advisements and agreements between the District Attorney, judges, staff and residents charged with misdemeanor and traffic offenses. Interaction with defendants and attorneys necessitates professionalism, compassion,accuracy and excellent customer service. You will learn about the different dispositions, forms, judgments and agreements.

One position for one individual is available in Boulder for approximately 6-12 hours each week. This volunteer will be scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings 8am – 11:30am (sometimes court ends early depending on the case load each day).

One position is available in Longmont for approximately 4-6 hours per week. This schedule is Wed 1:15pm-3:30ish and Friday 8am-11am approx.
Dynamic shadowing and hands-on training are offered in Boulder for both positions. When applying please make note of the location in which you would like to serve.

After training, volunteers are expected to be able to work independently and accurately with little supervision. Please only apply if you can honor the minimum commitment of one year (vacations/illnesses excepted).

Characteristics we’re looking for: Punctuality, reliability, excellent non-judgmental customer service skills, critical thinking, legible writing, ability to make good decisions on your own after training.

You would be a valued asset to a busy office ensuring the best of public service to the the courts and those charged with misdemeanors.

(Not permitted for those required to complete court-ordered community service hours.)

Qualifications and Requirements:

Must be at least 21 years old to apply. One volunteer will be selected for each location.

Must be available all of these days: (6-12 hours per week)- Boulder volunteer schedule: Mon-Tue-Wed-Thurs 8am sharp to 11:30am approx out time.

(4-6 hours per week)- Longmont courthouse volunteer schedule: Wed 1:15pm – 3:45pm and Fri 8am-11:00am (end times are approximate – length of each day depends on case load each day)

Must have an ability to communicate courteously, clearly and concisely with people who may be under stress. Must be able to work quickly, accurately and independently, pay attention to detail and make few mistakes after being trained. Desired traits: confident, assertive, respectful and professional when dealing with defendants.

We’re looking for a mature, quick learner, someone who is able to accurately process paperwork and deal courteously with the public over and over again with a smile.

Must be able to commit to 12 months in this position (vacations excepted).

Background check and fingerprinting required.

This assistant works independently with little supervision once trained.

Training Dates and Information:

On the job training one on one with District Attorney Arraignments staff. The expectation is that a volunteer will be up to speed within 3-4 weeks and able to work independently after that.

Additional Information:

We are currently recruiting for:

Boulder Justice Center 1777 6th St. Must be available 8-11am on Mon, Tue, Wed, & Thurs ( 1 person will fill all shifts).

Longmont Courts: 1035 Kimbark St, Longmont. Must be available every Wed 1:15pm-3:30pm and Friday 8-11:30am approx. (1 person will fill both shifts, approximately 4-6 hours total each week).

Contact:

Mary Eldred, JSVP@bouldercounty.org or 303.441.3718. Thank you!

Application Process:

Please contact Mary Eldred via email: JSVP@bouldercounty.org or call her at 303-441-3718. The Justice System Volunteer Program coordinator will e-mail online application instructions. By applying you agree to a background check, fingerprinting and reference check.