Volunteer Opportunity

Arraignments Assistants – Longmont & Boulder Courthouses

Application or Registration Deadline: 05/12/2017
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: District Attorney
Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Time Commitment or Project Date: Must be 19 years old to apply. One 3 to 4-hour shift per week in the morning in Boulder, on Friday 1-4 in Longmont. Arraignments held in Boulder Mon-Thur between the hours of 9:00-12:00 noon (may be shortened depending on caseload). 9 mo. commitment req.

Boulder County Justice Center

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 Assistant. 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 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:

Great opportunity to be part of the behind-the-scenes workdone by Boulder County judicial and criminal justice staff! Volunteers are trained in Boulder at the Justice Center and opportunities exist in Boulder and Longmont.
Explain and process legal advisements and agreements between the District Attorney’s office and residents charged with misdemeanor offenses.Interaction with defendants and attorneys necessitates professionalism, compassion,accuracy and excellent customer service.
One position is available in Boulder. This volunteer will be scheduled on Mondays and on Thursday mornings 8am – 11:30am (or less depending on case load each day).
Dynamic shadowing and hands-on training are offered. 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 9 months (vacations excepted).

Requirements: Must be 19 or older, mature, a quick learner, able to accurately process paperwork and deal courteously with the public. Works independently with little supervision once trained. Background check and fingerprinting required. Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply!

Characteristics we’re looking for: Punctuality, reliability, excellent non-judgmental customer service skills, critical thinking, good computer skills and accuracy in data entry, 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 19 years old to apply. An ability to communicate courteously, clearly and concisely with people who may be under stress. Quick learner is a must!

Must be able to work quickly, accurately and independently, pay attention to detail and make few mistakes after being trained.

Must be confident, assertive, respectful and professional when dealing with defendants.

Prefer basic knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

Training Dates and Information:

On the job training with District Attorney Arraignments staff.

Additional Information:

We are currently recruiting for:

Boulder Justice Center 6th and Canyon Blvd. Must be available 8-11am on Mondays & Thursdays ( 1 person will fill both shifts).

Longmont Courts: 1035 Kimbark St, Longmont. Must be available every Friday 1-


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

Application Process:

Please contact Mary Eldred,JSVP@bouldercounty.org or call 303-441-3718. We will e-mail online application instructions. By applying you agree to a background check, fingerprinting and reference check.