Welcome Desk Volunteer –
Assists court patrons with locating the appropriate court or service upon their entry into the building. Able to answer general questions and direct individuals to the area that best suits their needs. Preferably able to maintain a regular schedule (i.e. Friday afternoons). No prior knowledge of the courts required, just a willingness to be friendly and helpful! Contact Dee Kuelbs by email or 269-983-7111 ext. 8742.
Self-Help Legal Resource Center Volunteer –
A large percentage of patrons visiting the trial court are self-represented (meaning they have not hired an attorney to represent them). The SHLRC is designed to make information and forms more readily available for those who wish to represent themselves in a court proceeding. Note: This position does NOT provide legal advice. Preferably able to maintain a regular schedule. Contact Dee Kuelbs by email or 269-983-7111 ext. 8742.
Front Desk Volunteer (Juvenile) –
We are looking for volunteers to staff the reception area in the Juvenile Division of the Berrien County Trial Court. This person would assist people with questions about when/where their hearings are, welcome people who have come to meet with their Juvenile Probation Officer or therapist, answer the telephone and generally direct people to where they need to be. Contact Jean Lawrence by email or 269-983-7111 ext. 8354.
Children’s Waiting Area Volunteer –
The Berrien County Trial Court is looking for volunteers to staff their Children’s Waiting Area at the Berrien County Courthouse. We need fun, friendly people who can volunteer from 8:15 to 10:00 Wednesday/Thursday morning and/or 1:15 to 3:00 on Tuesday afternoon to supervise not more than 5 children ages infant to 16 while they wait for their court hearings. Contact Jean Lawrence by email or 269-983-7111 ext. 8354.
Helps youth and their families by assisting with non-clinical activities that engage, educate and support youth with a mental illness who have had informal or formal interactions with the legal system, and their families. Works closely with the youth and their families to provide information and present options and referrals to various health care professionals, facilities and agencies specializing in the types of treatment needed by the youth. Contact Jean Lawrence by email or 269-983-7111 ext. 8354.
Community Restorative Board -
The Berrien County Community Restorative Board (CRB) is a Diversion program, based on the Restorative Justice theory, used an as alternative to formal Juvenile Court intervention. An eligible youth (first-time offender between the ages of 10 and 16) and his/her parents meet with a panel of CRB volunteers to discuss the creation of an agreement which will guide the juvenile offender in making amends to the victim and the community. Contact Pat Leonard by email or 269-983-7111 ext. 8422.