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EDUCATE

Participate in programs that demonstrate how our fundamental rights and liberties are impacted by the health of our court system.

ADVOCATE

Learn more about and get involved in promoting needed societal improvements that address and resolve issues within our court system.

SUPPORT

See the ways we contribute to the betterment of the court system through seed-funding JI provides to various beneficiaries, and how we serve as good stewards of financial donations we receive.

ADVANCE

JI leads the way in action that progresses the public’s opportunity to better engage the court system that are not currently covered by state funding.

WHO WE ARE

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.

WHAT WE DO

We develop programming to address the deficits in the public’s understanding and appreciation for the rule of law and the role of courts in our republican form of government. We demonstrate the inextricable connection between each individual’s and each community’s quality of life and the courts’ ability to fairly adjudicate legal rights. We offer a variety of programs and services that support our mission to better serve the public, and promote the effective and efficient administration of justice.

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WHY WE DO IT

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INADEQUATE COURT FUNDING

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Thank You for Your Vital Support!

Our individual, corporate and restaurant sponsors are the lifeblood of this organization. We can better fight for justice because of you.

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