Court Watch programs rely on volunteer members of the public to observe court proceedings on a regular basis. The monitors evaluate the courts from the point of view of those outside the system, and recommend improvements to make the courts more efficient and user-friendly for the average person. The monitors' findings and recommendations are released to court administrators, judges, court personnel, lawmakers, bar associations, civic groups, and the media.
Case watching or monitoring is victim oriented and case specific. You can focus on one case that has impacted your or your community and go to court to observe what happens in this specific case.
Court watching or monitoring involves observing cases generally to monitor all aspects of the courts system. You can join a Court Watch program to observe Baltimore’s courts and make findings and recommendations about how the courts serve the public. For more information about Baltimore’s Court Watch Program, contact Councilman Kraft’s Office.