Court Watch Project

In a historic collaboration with the St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network (SLEVAWN), St. Martha’s Hall recently received a three-year grant from the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, Justice for Families Program to operate the first federally-funded, professional Court Watch Project in Missouri.  St. Martha’s Hall staff have been coordinating this project for the last two years and on-and-off since 1997 with various partners and without funding, and now an independent contractor has been hired to coordinate the project and grow its impact.  We are honored to be a part of this historic project.

The mission of the Court Watch Project is to make the justice system more effective and responsive in handling cases of domestic violence perpetrated against women and children and to create a more informed and involved public.

The Court Watch Project is a volunteer staffed project under the auspices of SLEVAWN, in which court proceedings in the St. Louis Circuit Courts are monitored.  That information is made available to the court, the Bar and the public to ensure transparency and to give victims a greater voice in how the court processes domestic violence cases.  Volunteers attend court on specific days to observe Civil Protection Order cases and record case outcomes on a form.