Launched in Spring 2011, Newark Community Solutions is a community justice initiative that applies a problem-solving approach to low-level cases in Newark, New Jersey’s municipal courthouse. Newark Community Solutions’ goals are twofold: to provide judges with increased sentencing options for non-violent offenses such as drug possession, prostitution, and shoplifting and to improve public perceptions of justice. By combining punishment with help, Newark Community Solutions seeks to promote the use of community service and social service mandates, reduce the court’s reliance on ineffective fines and expensive short-term jail sentences, and build public confidence in justice. A project of the National Center for Civic Innovation, Newark Community Solutions builds on lessons learned from successful community courts throughout the country, which have reduced local crime, improved compliance with sanctions, and strengthened the connections between courts and communities.
Newark Community Solutions seeks a Virtual Courtroom Intern. Reporting to the Resource Coordinator, the Courtroom Intern will serve as a liaison between the virtual courtrooms, and Newark Community Solutions’ Clinic and Alternative Sanctions Department.
The benefits interns enjoy by participating in this internship are plenty. They will get exposure to a live courtroom and all its players including court administration, the prosecutors office, public defenders office and the judge. Its great insight if students wish to attend law school or become social workers for example.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Review arrest reports and criminal histories to determine NCS eligibility;
- Entering NCS case data into the program database;
- Take attendance and collecting information from NCS participants in the courtroom;
- Maintain communication of information between NCS clinic, courtroom staff and the Resource Coordinator;
- Escort NCS participants between courtrooms and the NCS clinic;
- Maintain the NCS intake calendar;
- Perform other supportive tasks and functions as assigned by the Resource Coordinator.
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- Professional demeanor and ability to communicate appropriately with judges and other court personnel;
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment;
- Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and solve problems creatively;
- Word-processing and data entry proficiency required;
- Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
Writing Sample Required
- A cover letter is required by applicants as part of the interviewing process.