With a Little Help from Our Community

The Contra Costa Superior Court has been fortunate to have supportive community members, especially local bar members, who participate in programs that provide important services to local residents. One key program we highlighted in an article in the November 2016 issue of Contra Costa Lawyer is our Temporary Judge Program.

In this issue, we identify some of the other great programs that are provided at the Court. We are grateful for your continued support of and participation in these programs as they each have such a positive impact on our community. We look forward to your continued participation in years to come!

Program NameWhat would you be doing?Who is eligible?How do I sign up?Additional Information
Settlement MentorAssist civil judges by working with parties on the day of trial (or earlier in the case) to work on reaching a settlementAttorneys with a background in issues of the caseComplete and submit the application (Local Form ADR-202) on the Court’s website.See Local Rule 3.203 for more information about the program requirements and services offered. Services typically provided in Martinez
ADR Panel MemberAssist parties in civil cases in resolving cases before trialRequirements vary; generally must be an attorney with relevant experienceComplete and submit the application (Local Form ADR-202) on the Court’s website.See Local Rule 3.200 - 3.206 for more information about the types of ADR programs and when/how fees may be charged for services. Services provided at location of panel member’s choice
Discovery FacilitatorAssist parties in civil and probate cases to resolve discovery disputes. If no amicable resolution, provide the judge with written recommendationsAttorneys with more than 10 years of experienceComplete and submit the application (Local Form ADR-601) on the Court’s website.See Local Rule 3.300 for more information about the pogrom requirements and services offered. Services provided at location of Facilitator’s choice or over the telephone
Volunteer GreeterAssist members of the public to find court departments and answer common questionsMust be at least 18 years of age and pass criminal background checkSubmit electronic application through the court's website. Services provided in Pittsburg, Richmond and Martinez (at the Bray and Taylor Courthouses). Services soon to be offered in Walnut Creek
Day of Court MediationsBe part of a team that conducts “Day of Court” mediations in small claims, unlawful detainer, civil harassment and family law contempt casesRequirements set by the Congress of NeutralsContact the Congress of Neutrals or (925) 937-3008.Services provided in Martinez, Pittsburg and Richmond courthouses. Volunteers benefit from mediation training provided by Congress of Neutrals
Domestic Violence Restraining Order ClinicsAssist individuals with completing forms to obtain a Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order and to understand the processAttorneys and law students; contact Bay Area Legal Aid for more detailsPlease complete a volunteer application and submit your application with a copy of your resume to: probono@baylegal.org. Applications can be found here. Services provided at the Richmond and Pittsburg courthouses
Senior Self Help ClinicMeet with Contra Costa County residents over age 60 and assist them with elder abuse restraining orders, conservatorships of the person, landlord/tenant cases, as well as with small claims mattersRequirements set by Contra Costa Senior Legal ServicesContact Contra Costa Senior Legal Services at (925) 609-7900 or visit their website.Tuesdays from 9 am to Noon in the Peter L. Spinetta Family Law Center in Martinez
Guardianship Mediation Assist families in guardianship cases; address issues such as visitationRequirements set by Center for Human DevelopmentContact Center for Human Development or call Steven Cross at (925) 349-7344Services provided in Martinez
Elder MediationAssist families in making decisions made on behalf of senior citizen family members that affect their quality of lifeRequirements set by Center for Human DevelopmentContact Center for Human Development or call Steven Cross at (925) 349-7344.
Services provided in Martinez or in the elder’s home

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