Court Volunteering

The PSU’s support for clients is delivered by our court volunteers. 

Who can volunteer

We welcome applications from everyone with the relevant skills and experience: some experience of working with people is essential. Initiative, resourcefulness and problem-solving skills will help with some of the challenges you could face in the PSU office. We also look for common sense, compassion and reliability, together with good command of spoken and written English. Legal knowledge is not necessary, although some familiarity with the legal environment is certainly helpful.

Please check the locations page to confirm current recruiting arrangements.

To help us consider reasonable adjustment, please contact the local PSU Manager if you have a disability or significant health problem.

If you are currently, or have recently been, involved in court proceedings, this could affect your application, and we suggest that you contact the local PSU Manager to discuss the situation.

We will ask for and check references, including information about any criminal record.

What our court volunteers do

PSU court volunteers help people going to court without a lawyer by:

  • explaining how the court works
  • helping to fill in court forms and organise court papers
  • helping them plan what they want to say in court
  • going into court hearings with them

Benefits of volunteering

In return, PSU service volunteers receive:

  • training and support for working with clients
  • reimbursement of travel and lunch expenses
  • a feeling of satisfaction from helping people in difficult situations

More information

For individuals wanting more information, or universities interested in student volunteering opportunities, please contact your local PSU.

How to become a court volunteer

If you can spare at least two days per month volunteering in one of our locations, then we would like to hear from you. To apply, please complete an online expression of interest. The relevant PSU will send you further details and a comprehensive application form.

Watch PSU volunteers talk about helping people facing court alone