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Criminal Division

Contact: Veda Johnson, (619) 533-5605, FAX (619) 533-5505

Location: 1200 3rd Avenue, Suite 1200, San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Minimum Age: 15; Court Referrals: No


Clerical Aide

Assist staff in Criminal Division with various administrative duties, including copying, filing, shredding, conducting computer searches (IMSPROD, JURIS), answering phones/taking messages, greeting public and answering inquiries, and distributing mail.

Qualifications: Able to accept and follow directions; reliable; trustworthy; able to perform detailed work with accuracy, file alphabetically and numerically, and type 30 wpm; has or willing to learn basic computer skills; can communicate tactfully with public.

Time Commitment: 1+ days/week; 4 hours/day, between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; 6+ months.


Court Aide

Assist Criminal Division staff in the office and in court with inquiries for victims and witnesses, preparation of court forms, court calendars, and various administrative duties, including copying, faxing and answering phone.

Qualifications: Able to accept and follow directions, reliable; trustworthy; able to perform detailed work with accuracy; communicate in a clear and professional manner; able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Time Commitment: 1+ days/week; 4 hours/day; between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; 6+ months.


Data Entry Aide

Assist staff in the Screening and Arraignment/Domestic Violence Unit with assembling files folders for arrest reports, data entry into databases (IMSPROD, JURIS) from arrest reports and citations, and tracking cases.

Qualifications: Able to accept and follow directions; reliable; trustworthy; able to perform detailed work accurately, type 30 wpm, and learn different computer systems.

Time Commitment: 1+ days/ week; 4 hours/day, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 6+ months.


Investigative Aide

Work with Criminal Division staff in conducting research, verifying report information, telephone interviewing of witnesses, computer searches, and providing accurate file documentation.

Qualifications: Analytical reasoning ability; trustworthy; strong communication skills; works well with people; has or willing to learn basic computer skills; able to write clearly.

Time Commitment: 1+ days/week; 4 hours/day, between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; 6+ months.


Legal Assistant Aide

Work with Criminal Division staff doing computer research (IMSPROD, JURIS, ARJIS, SUN), preparing cases for court, researching and analyzing information establishing suspect identity, and acting as liaison with outside agencies.

Qualifications: Able to accept and follow directions; reliable; trustworthy; able to perform detailed work accurately and type 30 wpm; experience with computer databases, and with coordinating/sharing information with other agencies.

Time Commitment: 1+ days/ week; 4 hours/day, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 6+ months.


Victim Advocate/DV Unit

Assist staff advocates and attorneys by contacting victims for the following: (1) provide safety planning and resource information; (2) conduct long-term follow up; (3) case status and disposition, including sentence offer, charges and future dates; (4) meet with victims at court to discuss Stay Away Orders and other case-related information. Training is required and provided by staff.

Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact tactfully with people from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds; strong verbal and written skills; Spanish fluency highly desired.

Time Commitment: 1+ days per week; 4 hours per day; 6+ months.


Law Library

Contact: Deirdre Anderson, danderson@sandiego.gov, (619) 236-6078, FAX (619) 533-5847

Location: 1200 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Minimum Age: 18; Court Referrals: No


Law Library Assistant

The City Attorney Law Library consists of over 15,000 volumes, and serves a population of over 150 attorneys and legal staff. As a Library Assistant, you will assist with a variety of tasks, including processing library materials, shelving and organizing books, assisting with research projects, and helping with several ongoing library projects, including a large cataloging and library automation project.

Qualifications: Volunteers need to have basic computer skills, be able to lift and move library books and equipment, and be able to work independently. Must be able to arrange items in alphabetical and numerical order. Flexible hours and scheduling are available.

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per day, 2-5 days per week.