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 the Taft Courthouse located at 311 N Lincoln is closed until further notice.

Court Volunteers / Docents

Frequently Asked Questions

Docents make the courts more "user friendly" to court patrons. They answer basic questions and provide directions. This personal assistance helps reduce anxiety for court patrons who often come to the courts during a crisis situation. Many cannot afford an attorney. They may not be sure where to go or what to do. They may find the courts intimidating and confusing despite the best efforts of court personnel.

Most docents are willing to commit to a three-hour shift once weekly. Shifts are scheduled from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at our 1215 and 1415 Truxtun Avenue. Coverage for periodic absences is usually coordinated between the docents.

This volunteer opportunity requires:

  • Patience
  • The ability to listen and communicate clearly
  • The ability to read
  • A willingness to help patrons from all walks of life

Bilingual English/Spanish are encouraged to apply.

A routine background check is required.

There are volunteer opportunities currently available at:

Training will be provided.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a docent at Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield. We appreciate your willingness to help.

To become a docent you need to complete the following steps.

Download and complete:

  1. A confidential application form and

Superior Court Docent Forms Privacy Notice

If you choose to fill in the following form(s) online, the information entered will be used only for printing the form and will not be kept electronically for any purpose.

If other people have access to this computer, you can keep them from seeing what you entered. To do this, please press the clear button at the end of the form when finished printing.

These forms are also available at the docent stations of these courthouses:

  1. 1415 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield, CA 93301
  2. 1215 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield, CA 93301

​​​​​​​Take the unsigned forms to:
Metropolitan Division
1415 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301

After you have completed the above:

  • Your routine felony background check will be completed within several weeks.
  • After passing the background check, you will be contacted to arrange training.

If you have questions about the application process, contact  (661) 868-1926.

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