If you are interested in becoming a Court Watch NYC volunteer please sign-up for our email list. Please be sure to read through the volunteer expectations below to ensure you can commit to becoming a court watcher before you sign up. 

Our next training dates (each training is the same):

Expectations for Court Watch NYC Volunteers

  • Participate in our Court Watch NYC Training as well as Debrief Happy Hours with the Court Watch NYC team.

  • Complete court watch forms and submit forms according to instructions.

  • Plan to observe for 3 hours per shift. Try to commit to a minimum of 6 hours (2 shifts) per month. Observers may of course sign up for as many days/shifts as they choose. Our shifts range over a period of weekday day and evening times as well as weekend times.

  • Be on time for each shift that you are observing in order to capture both the data and the narratives with the other court watchers.

  • Communicate with the Court Watch NYC team if any issues arise.

  • Cancel your shift on our website as soon as possible if you can no longer make a shift you signed up for.


Calling all data lovers! Help us share the observations being recording in the court room through data entry and analysis. Accountability is only possible when we disseminate the things we are seeing to the larger community. Attending a Court Watch NYC training is NOT mandatory for Data Team volunteers, although it is encouraged.

There are two types of Data team Shifts: Monthly Input Shifts & Weekly Blog Writing Shifts. Data Input shift volunteers will enter all the data the court watchers have collected for the month. Blog Writing shift volunteers will analyze the qualitative data for key themes and stories and contribute findings to our weekly blog.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Data Team, sign up for shifts here. Please read through the expectations below before signing up. 

Expectations for Data Team

  • Be available to offer time for three hour shifts on site at Brooklyn Community Bail Fund office (downtown Brooklyn).

  • Have personal laptop computer to bring to shifts.

  • Be on time for all shifts in order to ensure coordination with other data team members.

  • Notify as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend a shift you signed up for.

  • Encouraged to participate in our Court Watch NYC Training and Debrief Happy Hours, but not mandatory.