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Volunteer opportunity description

What is a Court Navigator?

Court Navigators are trained volunteers who provide non-legal support to unrepresented litigants. Court Navigators gain real-world experience by interacting with judges and attorneys to address the needs of people who come to court without a lawyer.

If your goal is to help people in need, make new contacts, learn how to assist a person in court or develop professional skills -- the Court Navigator Program will set the stage!


How can a Court Navigator help?

Court Navigators can assist unrepresented litigants by:

· Explaining what to expect in the courtroom and the roles of court employees,

· Providing moral support,

· Finding and completing court forms,

· Finding an interpreter,

· Assisting with the Do-It-Yourself Form programs,

· Sharing information about available resources.


What can a Court Navigator expect?

· Volunteers must attend a four hour training seminar.

· Volunteers will receive a training manual and on-site orientation.

· Volunteers may be trained at their school or local courthouse.

· College students may use this opportunity to fulfill a community service requirement or receive academic credit.

· All participants will receive a Certificate of Recognition upon completing fifty (50) hours of service.

· Volunteers will have flexibility with their schedule.


Where can a Court Navigator volunteer?

· All five counties in New York City (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond).


All volunteers are required to attend a four hour training seminar. Topics include an overview of relevant legal principles, civil court operation and court navigator role/responsibilities.

The next training seminar will be held on January 10, 2020.

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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About the organization

New York State Unified Court System

Angela Redman
Court Analyst
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