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PROBONO: The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program - Court Navigator Training

  • 10 Feb 2016
  • 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • New York County Housing Court at 111 Centre Street, Manhattan, NY


Wednesday, February 10, 2016
1:30pm (Registration); 2:00pm - 5:00pm (Training)

TRAINING LOCATION: New York County Housing Court at 111 Centre Street, New York, N.Y. 10013, Room 1240 (enter through White Street entrance) 

TRAINING COST & VOLUNTEER SERVICE: FREE- in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer service between February 18, 2016 and May 31, 2016.  Monday-Friday: 9AM-1PM, except on May 31, 2016. 

RSVP REQUIRED: Send an e-mail to to register for the training with a copy of your resume. 

All volunteers are mandated to participate in the training provided by the Honorable Fern A. Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts and Director of the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, and/or her staff. 

Training topics include: Housing Court Overview, Basics of Nonpayment Proceedings, How Civil Court Works and Court Navigator Role/Responsibilities. Each volunteer will receive an electronic copy of the program manual, and upon request, a certificate of volunteer service upon completion of the training and volunteer hours. 

Volunteers are given flexibility with their schedules and may volunteer time in blocks of time as follows:  Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM in the NY (Manhattan), Kings (Brooklyn), Bronx, and Queens County Housing Courts. Each volunteer will be assigned to a Resolution Part of the Housing Court.


The Court Navigator Program trains volunteers to provide in-court assistance to tenants and owners who are parties to nonpayment proceedings and are appearing without an attorney in the Housing Court, Resolution Part. (Nonpayment proceedings are cases in which an owner/landlord sues a tenant to collect alleged overdue rent). Join the Court Navigator Program. If you would like to:

  • Help unrepresented litigants have a productive experience in Housing Court through an offering     of non-legal support;
  • Ensure unrepresented litigants are aware of all of the resources available to them, so that they may better advocate for themselves; and
  • Provide unrepresented litigants with the confidence to discuss their claims or defenses before a court attorney or judge.
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