We are a justice system organization (non-profit) formed in 2004 by a group of civic leaders, lawyers, business owners and concerned citizens in North Carolina who understand the rule of law is the bedrock of our civilized society, that a healthy court system is critical to safeguarding this foundation and that the effective and efficient administration of justice is essential to a strong, prosperous and vibrant community.
Under three percent of North Carolina’s over 22 billion dollar state budget is allocated for the judicial branch. After court system fees are remitted to the North Carolina general fund, the available funding for court operations, personnel, programs and services equates to only $0.01 of every tax dollar.
LACK OF ROBUST CIVICS EDUCATION
The Judicial Branch is a co-equal facet of our tri-partite government, yet it is the least well known arm. Public education does not adequately confer the importance of the structure and function of, also the issues and opportunities within, the branch and how citizens can be civically engaged with it.
LOW PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN OUR COURTS
A 2015 High Point University Poll found that 63% disagreed or disagreed strongly that cases are resolved in a timely manner; 73% disagreed or disagreed strongly that most people can afford to bring a case to court.
EXPANDING OUR MODEL
Our vision is to expand our work into all of the North Carolina counties to increase awareness, advocacy and impact around the court system’s issues and opportunities, as the court system belongs to the people.
Our mission is to educate the community about the court system and to advocate, support and advance its needs and interests. We envision a court system that delivers the highest quality justice resulting in community trust and confidence.