What is court monitoring?
Court monitoring is a successful way for any community to improve its courts.
Court monitoring groups share a common goal: to ensure the courts are fair and just.
Why monitor the courts?
- It is the only way the public can know what is going on and be a voice for change.
- The legal system plays a big role dealing with violence in our society, and must be accountable for its actions.
- Monitoring tells everyone in the justice system that the public cares.
A judge had this to say about WATCH,
“They hold up a mirror [to us]…and sometimes we don’t like what we see.”
How does monitoring work?
- By training community volunteers to observe and take note on what happens in court.
- Using these day-to-day observations to document problem patterns.
- Bringing the problems forward and pushing the court to improve.
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