Volunteer Advocate Tips
Five Secrets for Great Report Writing
Begin work on your court report with plenty of time before court. This will allow time for you to clarify any questionable information, submit the report to your supervisor for editing and ultimately get the report to the court by their deadline.
Make the report child-centered.
- Be accurate. This means reporting objectively and factually—presenting exact information free from errors, misstatements and personal judgments.
- Use the fewest number of words possible to describe an action or occurrence. Avoid using unnecessary words or technical jargon. Don’t give the judge information she or he doesn’t need to know.
- Make a case in the body of your report that is directly linked to your recommendations.
View the sample hearing report from National CASA’s training curriculum.