Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Service Work: Volunteering in the Courts Service

Service workers provide a service to the Judicial Branch, but are not paid employees. They include volunteers, unpaid interns, service for credit students through colleges and universities, Able Workers through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), and other organizations. Some of these organizations have funds available to pay the service workers; however, they are not paid by or through the Judicial Branch, and therefore, are not considered employees.

Our volunteer program is called Maine Volunteers for Justice.

The mission of Maine Volunteers for Justice is to increase citizen access to justice, public understanding of Maine's court system, and the efficiency of court offices by engaging volunteers in a variety of quality service experiences.

We work with individuals, agencies, and educational institutions throughout the state to match volunteers to opportunities on a court-by-court basis. Our goal is to provide a mutually beneficial experience for the Service Worker and the Judicial Branch. Volunteer duties range from clerical work, electronic recording of courtroom proceedings, and special analytical projects; to providing gifts for small children enduring long waits in district court halls, or special assistance as Court Appointed Special Advocates. Volunteers may also be referred to other non-profit legal assistance agencies.

All volunteer service workers must complete an application process, which includes a comprehensive criminal history background check. Please click on the link, State of Maine Volunteer Forms, which will bring you to the forms that need to be filled out and returned to the Administrative Office of the Courts. We also ask that you list more than one location, as your first choich may already have a volunteer or not have the need for one.

For information on volunteering to act as guardian ad litem for abused and neglected Maine children involved in protective custody cases in the Maine District Court, learn about the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

The State of Maine Judicial Branch is an EEO/AA Employer.