The 2nd District Court Service Unit serves the City of Virginia Beach, which has a population of about 452,000 with about 67,000 school age children. The city is comprised of suburban and rural areas without a typical central downtown type of environment. The city also has a large military population, a large tourist industry, and maintains a fairly large agricultural environment. The Court Service Unit operates an Intake Unit, an Assessment Unit, a CHINS Unit and Probation and Parole Units. Our Intake Unit processes more than 12,000 cases each year. The Probation and Parole Units offer mandated supervision, as well as, securing many community based services; such as outpatient sex offender services, in-home services, substance abuse services, community based group homes, as well as residential treatment services through Comprehensive Services Act funding. We provide Status Offender and first offender groups for children, and a support and educational group for the parents of group members. Additionally, offered is a domestic abuse support program (FANS), which is staffed by Samaritan House, Inc., and a Street Law Education Group. The CSU maintains an active volunteer program, as well. All staff receive support from our Clerical Unit. There is a main office located in the Juvenile Court Building in the Judicial Complex at the Municipal Center, an Annex office located in Executive Cove, which is on Virginia Beach Boulevard, near the Virginia Beach/Norfolk City lines, and a team assigned to the Renaissance Academy. The administrative offices and Intake Unit are located in the main office. Staff from the Assessment, CHINS, Probation, and Parole units are located at all three sites.
The Second District Court Service Unit for the City of Virginia Beach accepts both volunteers and interns. An interview, application and extensive background check, both criminal and child protective services, will be required of all potential volunteers/interns. Applicants must have no criminal record, no cases pending before any court and must be at least 18 years of age.
Volunteer opportunities are listed below. Not all positions may have openings at the time of application.
ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR – Maintain monthly reports, volunteer files, arrange and conduct tours of juvenile facilities. Assist in the planning and execution of special events, volunteer recognition and fund raising events. Computer skills are helpful. COMMITMENT – one morning a week.
CLERICAL ASSISTANT – Provide clerical support to the CSU by answering phones, greeting clients, performing typing duties, office responsibilities and other clerical tasks as needed. COMMITMENT – one or two days per week.
COURT ASSISTANT – Assist the Judge during court hearings, record summary information, complete forms and escort families to the probation department. COMMITMENT – one day per week from 8:30 to 2:00.
DESIGN A VOLUNTEER JOB – If you have an idea for using your particular skills, call 757-385-4895 for an appointment to discuss it!
PROBATION AIDE – Duties will vary but may include contact with client and parents, detention reviews, “Think Tank” sessions, collateral contacts with schools and therapists, complete social histories and/or YASI. COMMITMENT – Flexible, however, Probation Aides must be responsible for meeting time constraints once duties are assigned.
FAMILY ADVOCACY NETWORK SERVICES – Contact victims of family violence to provide information, support, and referrals and help the victim navigate the legal system. Contact Samaritan House at 757-631-0710, if interested.
Please call Brooke Henderson at 757-385-8419 for an application or send your complete address by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be patient with our process as it takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete the background check required by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.