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Courtwork Program

 

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At the Kamloops Law Courts, the Courtwork Program volunteers help people facing criminal charges, those involved in family court, family members attending court and members of the public by connecting them with Duty Counsel, explaining court procedures, making referrals to other community agencies and services, and providing support.  Staff and trained volunteers assist those appearing in provincial court and advise them of available resources. They can also attend remand court to explain courtroom procedures and terminology, provide return court date information, and offer practical assistance and emotional support to those appearing in court, their relatives and friends.

At no time do volunteers give legal advice

Courtwork Volunteers are available for:

  • Criminal Court matters – Monday &Thursday mornings
  • Family Court matters – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday mornings
  • Court Support- To arrange for court support contact staff at least 1 week prior to court appearance

How to find the Courtwork Volunteers:

Look for the information table on the 2nd (Criminal) & 3rd (Family)  floor of the Kamloops Law Courts at 455 Columbia St.

Requirements to Become a Courtwork Volunteer:

  • Interest in the Criminal Justice System
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Commitment to volunteering
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse range of people

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Record Suspension:

Staff will explain the Record Suspension process and assist with form completion including:

  • Completing a Criminal Record Check
  • Obtaining Fingerprints
  • Obtaining Court Documents
  • Applying for a Record Suspension

A Record Suspension:

  • Proves that a person has reformed their life from criminal activity
  • Removes some of the limitations of having a criminal record that can interfere with a persons career, job, volunteer opportunities, professional standing and travel
  • Seals a criminal record

To see if you qualify for assistance under the Record Suspension:

Call: 250.374.2119 ext. 204 or

Email: courtwork@nullkamloopsefry.com