Court Volunteers / Docents

What is a docent?

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 facilities and from 7:30 to 10:30 and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Juvenile Justice Center. Coverage for periodic absences is usually coordinated between the docents.

What are the qualifications for a docent?

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.

Are docents currently needed?

There are volunteer opportunities currently available at:

Training will be provided.

How can I become a docent?

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:

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, please contact Julie at (661) 868-4931.