Volunteer role description & details Title: Volunteer Support Person (Court and Legal) Aim: Contribute to the equal practice of rights for people with cognitive impairments in the criminal justice system. Role: Support people with cognitive impairment at Court and legal appointments. Reports to: Local Justice Advocate. Responsibilities: support victims, witnesses, suspects and defendants with cognitive impairment to understand and better participate in criminal justice proceedings at Court and in prisons; appointments with lawyers; mediations; and youth justice conferences; • facilitate communication with their lawyer and other Court officers; • make the lawyer or relevant court officers aware of any issues identified e.g. if • person is confused, not understanding or losing concentration; • provide emotional support; • complete and submit timely reports on client supports; and • notify IDRS if at any time you are charged by police with any criminal offence. Key attributes: • good communication and effective listening skills; and • be ethical, flexible, responsive, non-judgmental and empathetic. What you will gain: experience supporting people with cognitive impairments to more equitably navigate the New South Wales criminal justice system and an understanding of cognitive impairment and how it impacts on access to justice. Availability: Some availability required Monday to Fridaybetween 9am and 5pm needed to provide support at Courts, prisons or legal appointments during business hours often for long periods.
PLEASE NOTE: A current Working With Children check is mandatory prior to application.