Court Watch (Monitoring)

The general purpose of Court Watch is to promote justice in the courts. Court Watch is a court monitoring and research program that tracks cases affecting our community and those of habitual, repeat offenders. Court Watch provides valuable input in bringing cases to effective resolutions.

It is easy and convenient to be a volunteer Court Monitor and you don’t need to have any legal experience. We will provide the training needed to be an effective Court Monitor. With daily morning or afternoon shifts, you can choose a schedule that works best for you. You will meet new people and have an opportunity to see how the court system works. An average time commitment may be approximately two shifts or 10 hours a month total.

Court Watch is NOT:

  • A vigilante or extremist organization “out to get” judges or defendants or to restrict judicial independence
  • Affiliated with any political party or religious faith
  • A provider of victim advocacy or direct services


  • The justice system is accountable to the public.
  • The public has a right to observe the process.
  • We expect the judicial system to meet certain standards:
    • Be fair and consistent
    • Act in a professional and respectful manner
    • Take into account victim safety and public safety
    • Hold offenders accountable
    • Follow the Law


  • Regularly monitor courts in order to:
    • Identify patterns of behavior
    • Obtain specific examples of larger problems or issues
  • Regularly monitor courts in order to:
    • Use information gathered to:
    • Prompt further research
    • Report to courts and community


  • Routine & Ongoing – regular monitoring reduces the fear that court monitoring is “targeting” certain individuals
  • Effective – produces data that cannot be discounted as anecdotal
    • Highlights specific problems or patterns
    • Offer concrete suggestions for improvement

Click here for a copy of the Court Watch Brochure.

Click here to review Volunteer Court Monitor Job Description.

To become a Court Monitor, please click here to complete an online application. Or contact:


Community Relations Division
San Juan County Sheriff’s Office
211 South Oliver
Aztec, NM 87410

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


For additional information, please contact the Community Relations Division at (505) 334-6107.