Career Services Internship Opportunities

Court Navigator Program

Description: Court Navigators: In General What do Court Navigators do? Training Volunteer Commitment Testimonials Register To Volunteer • Help in using computers located in the courthouse to obtain information and fill out court forms using the Do It Yourself (DIY) computer programs. • Help find information about the law and how to find a lawyer on a website called Law Help • Help persons find resources in the courthouse and outside the court to assist in resolving their cases. • Help persons collect and organize documents needed for their cases. • Accompany persons during hallway negotiations with opposing attorneys. • Accompany persons in conferences with the judge or the judge's court attorney. • Respond to a judge's or court attorney's questions asking for factual information on the case. Court Navigators do not give legal advice or get involved in negotiations or settlement conferences. Generally, court navigators also do not give out legal information except with the approval of the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts.

Salary Unknown
Type of Opportunity Internship
Degree Wanted None Required
Field of Study Any
Field of Study
Special Skills & Requirements A two and half hour seminar and a training manual will provide information on what a navigator can do to help. Training topics include: • Civil and Housing Court Overview • Basics of Consumer Debt Cases and Nonpayment Proceedings • Interviewing and Communication Skills • Using the DIY Computers and Law Help Prospective volunteers are trained at their school or at one of the Civil Court of the City of New York courthouses.
Company Name Court Navigator Program
About the Company: The Court Navigator Program trains college students, law students and other persons deemed appropriate by the Program to assist unrepresented litigants, who are appearing in Nonpayment proceedings in the Resolution Part of Housing Court or the Consumer Debt Part of the Civil Court. Nonpayment proceedings are cases where landlords sue tenants to collect rent. In these disputes, tenants and owners/landlords face the possibility of losing their homes through eviction or foreclosure. Consumer debt proceedings involve credit card companies, hospitals, banks or any other person or company that a litigant may owe money to. Despite the high stakes, most litigants appear in court without an attorney to advocate on their behalf. The Program operates in partnership with LawHelp, and in Kings County Housing Court with the nonprofit organizations University Settlement, and Housing Court Answers.
How To Apply: If you are interested in becoming a Court Navigator, please send an email to:


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