GRANT RECIPIENTS

Justice Initiatives is pleased to provide grant funding to the following projects:

  • Employee Development, Recognition and Wellness 
    Description: Funding was provided to the Trial Court Administrator's Office for continuing education, engagement in professional associations, team building training, wellness activities to promote healthier workforce and various rewards and incentives including an Employee of the Year Award, plaques, and certificates. The incentives program promotes a greater esprit de corps within the Trial Court Administrator's Office.
  • Program Support for Larry King's Clubhouse
    Description: Fun and engaging programming allows the staff of Larry King’s Clubhouse to focus on the impact of their work as they provide a safe, secure and enriching environment for children who accompany their families to court. To help maintain a quality environment, funding was provided for supporting the development and implementation of quality age-appropriate programming for the visiting children.
  • Community Development Programming
    Description: The Trial Court Administrator’s Office has hosted several cultural-based seminars for courthouse personnel entitled “Strengthening Community Relations”. The purpose of these seminars is to 1) foster stronger relationships and develop trust between the Court and the Non-English speaking community, and 2) to educate court staff and judicial officials on various aspects of these diverse populations, as well as educate them about cultural differences and nuances, specifically as they relate to government and the judicial system. Funding is provided to create new opportunities for dialog and education in this way and through other new prorgams in development phase.
  • Juror Appreciation Month and Annual Amenities for Jurors
    Description: Funding was provided for the annual Juror Appreciation Month which is held in July. The main objectives of Juror Appreciation Month are to educate the community about the judicial system, enhance public awareness of the importance of jury service, and to show appreciation to citizens who perform their civic responsibility. Funding was provided to display a very large banner, called a wallscape, which thanks jurors for their service throughout the year. Additionally, continued funding for movies, newspapers, and magazines for the Jury Assembly Room was provided as another means to make jury service a more pleasurable experience for those citizens who perform this service throughout the year.
  • 2016 National Adoption Day
    Description: This program is always celebrated the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Near 300 attendees are expected each year including children whose adoptions are finalized from November of the past year, their adoptive parents, other family members and friends of families. Families enjoy special activities, an opening program, and a special session of court to present family inclusion certificates to families who adopted in the past year.
  • 2017 Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. Program
    Description: Funding was provided to the Drug Treatment Court (S.T.E.P.) program to provide incentives for program participants compliance with treatment. The current goals for the S.T.E.P. program include: (1) to reduce alcoholism and other drug dependence among adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and among respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both; (2) to reduce criminal and delinquent recidivism and the incidence of child abuse and neglect; (3) to reduce the alcohol-related and other drug-related court workload; (4) to increase the personal, familial, and societal accountability of adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both; and (5) to promote the effective interaction and use of resources among criminal and juvenile justice personnel, child protective services personnel, and community agencies.
  • Community Mobility Access (Wheelchairs for Courthouse)
    Description: Funds were provided for the purchase of two additional state of the art wheelchairs to increase access and mobility improvement for the public, as needed.
  • 50th Anniversary of NC District Court Gala Support
    Description: The 50th anniversary of the district courts was celebrated in each county throughout this milestone in 2016, bringing together key court system stakeholders and its citizens. To mark this milestone in Mecklenburg County, a gala was held the Mecklenburg County Courthouse with public and agency officials giving a welcome, thoughts regarding the establishment and history of the district courts, and a keynote address. Attendees enjoyed special entertainment and refreshments. Invitees will include the Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court, retired and seated District Court Judges, retired and seated Superior Court Judges, Clerk of Court, Sheriff, District Attorney, members of the Mecklenburg County Bar, City and County elected officials, and court staff. JI provided funds for the Audio Visual system to support the gala.

  • 2015 S.T.E.P. Program
    Drug Court Treatment Court S.T.E.P. Program
    Description: Funding was provided to the Drug Treatment Court (S.T.E.P.) program to provide incentives for program participants compliance with treatment. The current goals for the S.T.E.P. program include: (1) to reduce alcoholism and other drug dependence among adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and among respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both; (2) to reduce criminal and delinquent recidivism and the incidence of child abuse and neglect; (3) to reduce the alcohol-related and other drug-related court workload; (4) to increase the personal, familial, and societal accountability of adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both; and (5) to promote the effective interaction and use of resources among criminal and juvenile justice personnel, child protective services personnel, and community agencies.
  • Trial Court Administrator's Office Permanency Mediation Laptop
    Description: The Permanency Mediation program exists to more quickly provide a permanent home for children in Department of Social Services custody within one year. The better functioning laptop replaces a 15-year old one to more efficiently conduct the work of achieving placement for children into stable homes with families to care for them well.
  • Employee Development, Recognition and Wellness
    Description: Funding was provided to the Trial Court Administrator's Office for continuing education, engagement in professional associations, team building training, wellness activities to promote healthier workforce and various rewards and incentives including an Employee of the Year Award, plaques, and certificates. The incentives program promotes a greater esprit de corps within the Trial Court Administrator's Office.
  • Equipment Replacement for the Clubhouse
    Description: Appropriate equipment allows the staff of Larry King’s Clubhouse to focus on the essentials of their work as they provide a safe, secure and enriching environment for children who accompany their families to court. To help maintain a quality environment, funding was provided for equipment and furnishings replacement. This replacement phase helps to maintain a constant supply of equipment that is in good repair and allows for adjustments in available equipment as new items come on the market.
  • Juror Appreciation Month and Annual Amenities for Jurors
    Description: Funding was provided for the annual Juror Appreciation Month which is held in July. The main objectives of Juror Appreciation Month are to educate the community about the judicial system, enhance public awareness of the importance of jury service, and to show appreciation to citizens who perform their civic responsibility. Funding was provided to display a very large banner, called a wallscape, which thanks jurors for their service throughout the year. Additionally, continued funding for movies, newspapers, and magazines for the Jury Assembly Room was provided as another means to make jury service a more pleasurable experience for those citizens who perform this service throughout the year.
  • 2015 National Adoption Day
    This program is always celebrated the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year in the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Near 300 attendees are expected each year including children whose adoptions are finalized from November of the past year, their adoptive parents, other family members and friends of families. Families enjoy special activities, an opening program, and a special session of court to present family inclusion certificates to families who adopted in the past year.

  • 2015 S.T.E.P. Program
    Drug Court Treatment Court S.T.E.P. Program
    Description: Funding was provided to the Drug Treatment Court (S.T.E.P.) program to help it meet various goals. The current goals for the S.T.E.P. program include: (1) to reduce alcoholism and other drug dependence among adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and among respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both; (2) to reduce criminal and delinquent recidivism and the incidence of child abuse and neglect; (3) to reduce the alcohol-related and other drug-related court workload; (4) to increase the personal, familial, and societal accountability of adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both; and (5) to promote the effective interaction and use of resources among criminal and juvenile justice personnel, child protective services personnel, and community agencies.
  • Domestic Violence Conference
    Description: Funding was provided for the Family Court Administrator’s Office to plan and execute a district judicial conference focused on domestic violence and the launch of Mecklenburg County’s new Supervised & Exchange Center.
  • Employee Development, Recognition and Wellness
    Description: Funding was provided to the Trial Court Administrator's Office for continuing education, engagement in professional associations, team building training, wellness activities to promote healthier workforce and various rewards and incentives including an Employee of the Year Award, plaques, and certificates. The incentives program promotes a greater esprit de corps within the Trial Court Administrator's Office.
  • Equipment Replacement for the Clubhouse
    Description: Appropriate equipment allows the staff of Larry King’s Clubhouse to focus on the essentials of their work as they provide a safe, secure and enriching environment for children who accompany their families to court. To help maintain a quality environment, funding was provided for equipment and furnishings replacement. This replacement phase helps to maintain a constant supply of equipment that is in good repair and allows for adjustments in available equipment as new items come on the market.
  • Juror Appreciation Month and Annual Amenities for Jurors
    Description: Funding was provided for the annual Juror Appreciation Month held in July. The main objectives of Juror Appreciation Month are to educate the community about the judicial system, enhance public awareness of the importance of jury service, and to show appreciation to citizens who perform their civic responsibility. Funding was provided to display a very large banner, called a wallscape, which thanks jurors for their service throughout the year. Additionally, continued funding for movies, newspapers, and magazines for the Jury Assembly Room was provided as another means to make jury service a more pleasurable experience for those citizens who perform this service throughout the year.
  • SSC Strategic Marketing Campaign
    Family Court Administration and Self-Serve Center Strategic Marketing Campaign
    Description: The primary demographic served by the Self-Serve Center are individuals who earn between $0 and $25,000 a year, African-American, and between the ages of 26 and 35 years old with a high school diploma or some college classes. Funding has been provided for development and execution of a strategic marketing plan designed to reach as many people as possible within this demographic and to expand awareness of the Center’s services such as the I-CAN! Online self-help forms as broadly as possible. The overall goal of this effort is to increase access to justice for the citizens of Mecklenburg County.
  • Strengthening Community Relations
    The Trial Court Administrator’s Office has hosted several of cultural-based seminars for courthouse personnel entitled “Strengthening Community Relations”. The purpose of these seminars is to 1) foster stronger relationships and develop trust between the Court and the Non-English speaking community, and 2) to educate court staff and judicial officials on various aspects of these diverse populations, as well as educate them about cultural differences and nuances, specifically as they relate to government and the judicial system. With continued growth in the community, new issues continuously arising related to immigrant populations and turnover within the system; funding is provided to create new opportunities for dialog and education.
  • Strengthening Judicial Relations Forum
    Description: Family Court Administration (FCA) and the Mecklenburg County Clerk’s Office (MCCO) are two separate offices within the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Each office has its own rules regarding case management. Funding has been provided to create a forum for the two offices to identify problems and discuss solutions collaboratively. Topics to cover include, but are not limited to: Delivery of Orders Processed in the courtroom, New FCA Emergency Custody Procedures and Accuracy and Uniformity in Reporting Case Outcomes from the courtroom.

  • Drug Court Treatment Court S.T.E.P. Program
    Description: Funding was provided to the Drug Court Treatment S.T.E.P. program to help the program meet the goals of the program. The current goals for the S.T.E.P. program include: (1) to reduce alcoholism and other drug dependence among adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and among respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both; (2) to reduce criminal and delinquent recidivism and the incidence of child abuse and neglect; (3) to reduce the alcohol-related and other drug-related court workload; (4) to increase the personal, familial, and societal accountability of adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both; and (5) to promote the effective interaction and use of resources among criminal and juvenile justice personnel, child protective services personnel, and community agencies.
  • Eat, Play, Love: Supplies for Clubhouse Kids
    Description: Funding was awarded to Larry King's Clubhouse, a free childcare facility for any family with business at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, in order to purchase nutritious snacks, disposable food service items, art supplies, books, cleaning supplies, and other necessary items required to care for and nurture children.
  • Family Court Administration and Self-Serve Center Strategic Marketing Campaign
    Description: The self-serve center serves those who earn between $0 and $25,000 a year and are primarily between the ages of 26 and 35 years old with a high school diploma or some college classes. This grant funded the I-CAN! strategic marketing plan to reach and inform more potential litigants within and outside the immediate Mecklenburg County. The outcome of this project is to better inform a group of court consumers who will promote and refer others to the services offered within the Center.
  • Juror Appreciation Month and Amenities for Jurors
    Description: Funding was provided for the annual Juror Appreciation Month held in July. The main objectives of Juror Appreciation Month are to educate the community about the judicial system, enhance public awareness of the importance of jury service, and to show appreciation to citizens who perform their civic responsibility. Funding was provided to replace a very large banner, called a wallscape, which thanks jurors for their service throughout the year. Additionally, continued funding for movies, newspapers, and magazines for the Jury Assembly Room was provided as another means to make jury service a more pleasurable experience for those citizens who perform this service throughout the year.
  • Office of Chief District Court Judge-26th Judicial District Leadership Development Institute
    Description: The mission of the North Carolina Judicial Branch is to protect and preserve the rights and liberties of all the people, as guaranteed by the Constitutions and laws of the United States and North Carolina, by providing a fair, independent and accessible forum for the just, timely and economical resolution of their legal affairs. LDI is a signature 12-month program of CBI that supports non-profit board members and senior staff of non-profit, public and for-profit organizations in the leadership role they and their organizations play in building a more inclusive and equitable Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. LDI develops, connects and guides diverse groups of leaders in increasing their awareness of and ability to influence for inclusion and equity.
  • Trial Court Administrator's Office Court Camp
    Description: The 26th Judicial District is committed to educating the public about the judicial system. To that end, this educational outreach effort involves teaching high school students about the North Carolina and Mecklenburg County Court system through a "hands-on" summer day camp. Students pre-register for one of four week-long sessions where they are instructed through a combination of lecture, writing, art work, videos, a mock trial, visiting speakers (judges, court officials, and deputies), research via internet, observation of live trials, and a guided tour of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Mecklenburg County Jail, the Charlotte School of Law, the CMPD Crime Lab, and a large uptown law firm.
  • Trial Court Administrator Employee Development, Recognition and Wellness
    Description: Funding was provided to the Trial Court Administrator's Office for team building and networking activities or training, along with an Employee of the Year Award, plaques, and certificates. The incentives program promotes a greater esprit de corps within the Trial Court Administrator's Office.

  • 26th Judicial District Worksite Wellness Program 
    Description: A healthy work environment is a foundational element for a positive workforce. The Worksite Wellness Program is directed at creating a work environment that is more supportive of healthy habits and provides opportunities for employees to develop healthier lifestyles by supporting the adoption of positive habits and attitudes that contribute to their overall wellbeing. Funding has been provided so employees can attend wellness fairs, lunch and learn sessions, and take part in incentive and recognition programs.
  • Eat, Play, Love: Supplies for Clubhouse Kids
    Description: Funding was awarded to Larry King’s Clubhouse, a free childcare facility for any family with business at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, in order to purchase nutritious snacks, disposable food service items, art supplies, books, cleaning supplies, and other necessary items required to care for and nurture children.
  • Organizational Email Marketing Vendor
    Description: Funding was provided to the Trial Court Administrator’s Office to purchase services from Benchmark E-Mail Marketing in order to reduce funds spent on various e-mail providers and have Benchmark serve as the sole e-mail vendor.
  • Race Matters for Juvenile Justice
    Description: Funding was provided to purchase reinforced, mounted, professional quality display boards, which provide information regarding Race Matters for Juvenile Justice programs, workshops, and events as well as sponsor information.
  • Strengthening Communities through Dialogue
    Description: Awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity as it relates to the judicial system is a core mission of the Court. To foster positive relationships with the courts and trust in the court system, funding was provided so courthouse personnel and Non-English speaking members of the community can be brought together through Lunch and Learn seminars, where court staff and various judicial officials are educated by community members regarding cultural nuances as related to government.
  • Courts and the Media Seminar
    Description: To build public trust and confidence, there must be understanding and appreciation for the work of the Court. The media plays a significant role in informing and educating the public about the Court. As such, it is important that the Court and Media have open and honest communication to ensure that there is context and accuracy in the presentation of information. To that end, funding was provided to organize and host a seminar for members of the Court and media on an annual basis. The funding covers normal expenses associated with producing and hosting conferences attended by the members of the judiciary and members of the local print and broadcast media such as reporters, anchors, assignment editors, producers and managers. The goal is to open a dialogue, exchange information, and strengthen relationships between the media and judiciary.
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education
    Description: Employee development is a continual and critical need for court personnel. As such, funding was provided so that the Trial Court Administrator's Office may cover the cost of professional dues, conference attendance, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and other training and certification opportunities on behalf of its management team and other staff.
  • Juror Appreciation Month and Amenities for Jurors
    Description: Funding was provided for the annual Juror Appreciation Month held in July. The main objectives of Juror Appreciation Month are to educate the community about the judicial system, enhance public awareness of the importance of jury service, and to show appreciation to citizens who perform their civic responsibility. Funding was provided to replace a very large banner, called a wallscape, which thanks jurors for their service throughout the year. Additionally, continued funding for movies, newspapers, and magazines for the Jury Assembly Room was provided as another means to make jury service a more pleasurable experience for those citizens who perform this service throughout the year.
  • Drug Treatment Court Participant Recognition
    Description: Funding was provided so that the Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. program can reward the progress made by program participants through gift cards awarding positive strides and certificates of completion.
  • Family Court Administration and Self-Serve Center Strategic Marketing Campaign
    Description: The self-serve center serves those who earn between $0 and $25,000 a year and are primarily between the ages of 26 and 35 years old with a high school diploma or some college classes. This grant funded the ICAN strategic marketing plan to reach and inform more potential litigants within and outside the immediate Mecklenburg County. The outcome of this project is to better inform a group of court consumers who will promote and refer others to the services offered within the Center.
  • Customer Satisfaction Survey Incentives
    Description: Funding was provided for customer satisfaction survey incentives as an effort to achieve a more efficient 26th Judicial District as well as a more conducive environment for the community. Incentives will be offered to those who have done business with the Trial Court Administrator's Office and who complete the customer satisfaction survey. The return of a larger volume of completed surveys will allow the Trial Court Administrator's Office to analyze how well the judicial system is meeting the needs of the public and make changes in order to improve the system.
  • Trial Court Administrator Employee Incentives
    Description: Funding was provided to the Trial Court Administrator’s Office for team building and networking activities or training, along with an Employee of the Year Award, plaques, and certificates. The incentives program promotes a greater esprit de corps within the Trial Court Administrator's Office.
  • Drug Court Month
    Description: Funding was provided to educate the public, court community, and elected officials regarding the success of the local drug courts. During National Drug Court month, the operations of eight local courts are highlighted through: a county proclamation; the presentation of information to community members, elected officials, and collaborative partners; providing special recognition for program participants, team members, and community partners; and, emphasizing the advantages of drug courts on local, state, and national levels.

Grants Awarded Fall 2011

  • Promote Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence
    Description: Funds were used to increase public awareness of what constitutes domestic violence and to inform about resources available to combat domestic violence locally. The funds purchased public services announcements for Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.
  • Courts and the Media Seminar
    Description: To build public trust and confidence, there must be understanding and appreciation for the work of the Court. The media plays a significant role in informing and educating the public about the Court. As such, it is important that the Court and Media have open and honest communication to ensure that there is context and accuracy in the presentation of information. To that end, funding is provided to organize and host a seminar for members of the Court and media on an annual basis. The funding covers normal expenses associated with producing and hosting conferences attended by the members of the judiciary and members of the local print and broadcast media such as reporters, anchors, assignment editors, producers and managers. The goal is to open a dialogue, exchange information, and strengthen relationships between the media and judiciary.
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education
    Description: Employee development is a continual and critical need for court personnel. As such, funding is being provided so that the Trial Court Administrator's Office may cover the cost of professional dues, conference attendance, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and other training and certification opportunities on behalf of its management team and other staff.
  • Juror Appreciation Month and Amenities for Jurors
    Description: Justice Initiatives provides financial support for the annual Juror Appreciation Month held in Mecklenburg County each July. The main objectives of Juror Appreciation Month are to educate the community about the judicial system, enhance public awareness of the importance of jury service, and to show appreciation to citizens who perform their civic responsibility. Funding was also provided to install a wallscape that was previously designed, printed, and used in 2009. The wallscape thanks jurors for their service throughout the year. In addition, continued funding for movies, newspapers, and magazines for the Jury Assembly Room was provided as another means to make jury service a more pleasurable experience for those citizens who perform this service throughout the year.
  • Drug Treatment Court Participant Recognition
    Description: The Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. program seeks to reward the progress made by program participations through gift cards awarding positive strides and certificates of completion.
  • Court Appointed Attorney CLE Training
  • Customer Satisfaction Survey Incentives
    In an effort to achieve a more efficient 26th Judicial District as well as a more conducive environment for the community, Justice Initiatives has provided funds for customer satisfaction survey incentives. Incentives will be offered to those who have done business with the Trial Court Administrator's Office and who complete the customer satisfaction survey. The return of a larger volume of completed surveys will allow the Trial Court Administrator's Office to analyze how well the judicial system is meeting the needs of the public and make changes in order to improve the system
  • Trial Court Administrator Employee Incentives
    Description: Justice Initiatives provides funding to the Trial Court Administrator’s Office for team building and networking activities or training, along with an Employee of the Year Award, plaques, and certificates. The incentives program promotes a greater esprit de corps within the Trial Court Administrator's Office.
  • Drug Court Month
    Funding was provided to educate the public, court community, and elected officials regarding the success of the local drug courts. During National Drug Court month, the operations of eight local courts are highlighted through: A county proclamation; the presenting of information to community members, elected officials, and collaborative partners; providing special recognition for program participants, team members, and community partners; and, emphasizing the advantages of drug courts on a local, state, and national level.
  • Drug Treatment Court Pro-Social Court Session
    In keeping with industry best practices, the Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. Program supports lifestyle changes for program participants that move them from criminal activities ot pro-social activities. This grants funds a special session of court designed to model positive social interaction in a controlled environment for over 200 participants and 50 team members.

 Grants Awarded Spring 2011

  • Court Camp
    Description: The 26th Judicial District is committed to educating the public about the judicial system. To that end, this educational outreach effort involves teaching high school students about the North Carolina and Mecklenburg County Court system through a “hands-on” summer day camp. Students pre-register for one of four week-long sessions where they are instructed through a combination of lecture, writing, art work, videos, a mock trial, visiting speakers (judges, court officials, and deputies), research via internet, observation of live trials, and a guided tour of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Mecklenburg County Jail, the Charlotte School of Law, the CMPD Crime Lab, and a large uptown law firm.
  • Customer Satisfaction Survey Incentives
    Description: In an effort to achieve a more efficient 26th Judicial District as well as a more conducive environment for the community, Justice Initiatives has provided funds for customer satisfaction survey incentives. Incentives will be offered to those who have done business with the Trial Court Administrator's Office and who complete the customer satisfaction survey. The return of a larger volume of completed surveys will allow the Trial Court Administrator's Office to analyze how well the judicial system is meeting the needs of the public and make changes in order to improve the system.
  • Drug Court Month
    Description: Funds support activities associated with Drug Court Month including the Second Annual Drug Treatment Court Cookout, a Drug Treatment Court Rally and the updating and printing of materials used to highlight Drug Court Month. Drug Court Month activities educate other professionals and community members about the efficacy of drug courts through strategic placement of materials throughout the government complex.
  • Family Court Administration and Self Serve Center Strategic Marketing Campaign
    Description: The self-serve center serves those who earn between $0 and $25,000 a year and are primarily between the ages of 26 and 35 years old with a high school diploma or some college. This grant founded the ICAN strategic marketing plan to reach and inform more potential litigants within and outside the immediate Mecklenburg County are. The outcome of this project is to better inform a group of court consumers who will promote and refer others to the services offered within the Center.
  • Trial Court Administrator Employee Incentives
    Description: Through the funding of an Employee of the Year Award and plaques/certificates, Justice Initiatives promotes a greater esprit de corps within the Trial Court Administrator's Office.
  • Strengthening Community Relations
    Description: The Trial Court Administrator’s Office launched a Judicial System Inclusion Project to foster stronger relationships and develop trust between the Court and the diverse populations that comprise the Community. Through a lunch and learn series, court staff and judicial officials are educated on various cultural aspects of different groups within the Charlotte area. Justice Initiatives matched funds received by the TCA’s Office from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation through its Front Porch Grants program, which is managed by Community Building Initiative. The program is an effort to build informal social capital within our community. Front Porch Grants are awarded to organizations and partnerships for specific programs and projects that foster bridge-building between individuals, communities, neighborhoods, and organizations. The goal is to increase trust and expand social connections and informal networks in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Grants Awarded Fall 2010

    • National Adoption Day
      National Adoption Day recognizes the individuals and organizations involved in the adoption process, raises awareness of the need of foster children for adoptive homes, and celebrates the successful creation of new families. Funding was provided to cover the cost of an event held to celebrate adoptions in Mecklenburg County. During the event, photographs are taken of each child who is being adopted, onsite printing, and placement in a wooden frame that the child decorates with the help of volunteers. Also during the event each child creates their handprint in paint on a fabric square for the handprint quilt project. Once completed, the handprint quilt is hung in Courtroom 8350, one of the juvenile courtrooms. Funding also helps provide teddy bears for the adopted children, corsages for adoptive mothers, and a cake to celebrate adoptions. A special court session is conducted during the event to celebrate and finalize adoptions.
    • Continuing Education-Trial Court Administrators Office
      Funding is provided for continuing education for the Trial Court Administrator’s (TCA) Office employees. The funding enables TCA employees to gain memberships in several professional associations related to administration. Participation in these associations provides opportunities to learn about initiatives on the national and local levels and facilitate the exchange of information with other professionals. Additionally, funding enabled TCA managers to attend the NCSCPM conference, the theme of which was “Reinventing Talent Management in the Public Sector.”
    • Drug Treatment Court Participation Recognition
      In keeping with industry best practices, the Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. Program seeks to reward the progress made by program participants. Funding is provided to the Drug Treatment Court to accomplish that goal. Positive reinforcement is a valuable tool used in treating the mental illness, substance abuse and child neglect problems faced by the program participants. Recognizing individual accomplishments strengthens the individual’s efforts to rebuild his/her life. Funding provides the means for program participants to be recognized for the positive strides they make toward their recovery by receiving “incentives” at various levels of the program.
    • Drug Treatment Court Pro-Social Court Session
      The Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. Program supports lifestyle changes for program participants that move them from criminal activities to pro-social activities. Funding enables the DTC to offer crucial support for participants during the holidays, which are often a stressful time for those in recovery and a high period of relapse. Each year, the DTC hosts a Holiday Pro-Social Event coordinated court session. This special court session is designed to show participants how to engage in and enjoy social activities without the use of drugs or alcohol. At the event, success is celebrated, positive coping strategies are taught, and support is given to promote a continued substance-free lifestyle.
    • Juror Appreciation Month and Annual Amenities for Jurors
      Juror Appreciation Month is celebrated in Mecklenburg County each July to recognize residents who perform jury service. During the month of July, a banner thanking jurors, sponsored by Justice Initiatives, is displayed on the billboard at the Fourth Street Parking Deck. Additionally, funding is provided for the purchase of magazines and movies for the jurors throughout the year. Providing amenities for jurors and celebrating Juror Appreciation Month fosters good will, provides a positive experience for jurors, and educates citizens about the importance of jury service.
    • Conflict Management Books for Clubhouse Kids
      Justice Initiatives provides financial support for the courthouse child care center by providing funds for the purchase of board books, picture books, and chapter books with the educational theme of conflict resolution. Many of the children who visit the clubhouse have been exposed to violence in their young lives. Stories help children learn positive responses to conflict. When books are available, each child who visits the center may choose a book to take home with them.
    • Race Matters for Juvenile Justice
      Race Matters for Juvenile Justice is a community wide educational and reformation effort that brings together judicial officers, systems’ experts, service providers and community partners who have set an agenda to reduce the disproportionate representation of and disparate outcomes for children and families of color in the juvenile justice system. Funding provided by Justice Initiatives went towards helping Race Matters for Juvenile Justice and its community partners host a symposium that examined disproportionality and disparities in the child welfare and juvenile justice system.

Grants Awarded Spring 2010

  • Court Camp
    Funding was provided to better educate high school students about the 26th Judicial District. This educational outreach effort provides a "hands-on" day camp program within the Mecklenburg County Court system. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, students will be instructed with a combination of lecture, writing, artwork, group work, videos, mock trial, visiting speakers, research, observation of live trials, and a guided tour of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse and Mecklenburg County Jail.
  • Customer Satisfaction Survey Incentives
    In an effort to achieve a more efficient 26th Judicial District as well as a more conducive environment for the community, Justice Initiatives has provided funds for customer satisfaction survey incentives. Incentives will be offered to those who have done business with the Trial Court Administrator's Office and who complete the customer satisfaction survey. The return of a larger volume of completed surveys will allow the Trial Court Administrator's Office to analyze how well the judicial system is meeting the needs of the public and make changes in order to improve the system.
  • Drug Court Month
    Funding was provided to educate the public, court community, and elected officials regarding the success of the local drug courts. During National Drug Court month, the operations of eight local courts are highlighted through: A county proclamation; the presenting of information to community members, elected officials, and collaborative partners; providing special recognition for program participants, team members, and community partners; and, emphasizing the advantages of drug courts on a local, state, and national level.
  • Employee Incentives
    Through the funding of an Employee of the Year Award and plaques/certificates, Justice Initiatives promotes a greater esprit de corps within the Trial Court Administrator's Office.
  • Courts and Media Seminar
    To strengthen the communication between the judiciary and the media, Justice Initiatives provided funding for the Courts and Media Seminar. The seminar includes an overview of the judicial system and basic judicial operations for the media. By improving the media's understanding of the court system, Justice Initiatives promotes a transparent system for the media and the public.

Grants Awarded Fall 2009

  • Courts and Media Seminar
    To build public trust and confidence, there must be understanding and appreciation for the work of the Court. The media plays a significant role in informing and educating the public about the Court. As such, it is important that the Court and Media have open and honest communication to ensure that there is context and accuracy in the presentation of information. To that end, funding was provided to organize and host a seminar for members of the Court and media on an annual basis.
  • DTC Modeling Clean and Sober Social Activities
    In keeping with industry best practices, the Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. Program supports lifestyle changes for program participants that move them from criminal activities to pro-social activities. The National Institute on Drug Abuse supports that the "planning and scheduling of activities increase the likelihood that patients will follow through with treatment goals and activities." Therefore, S.T.E.P. mandates all participants attend a special session of court designed to model positive, social interaction in a controlled environment. JI provided funding so that 200 participants and 50 team members could come together to celebrate success, teach positive coping strategies, and support a continued drug-free lifestyle.
  • Drug Treatment Court Participation Recognition
    In keeping with industry best practices, the Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. Program seeks to reward the progress made by program participants. JI provided funding so that all DTC participants who meet 100% of the program requirements are entered into a drawing for a $25.00 gift card during one court session per month. Additionally, all participants who successfully completed one of the Mecklenburg County S.T.E.P. Programs were provided with a plaque commemorating their achievement.
  • I-CAN Marketing
    A Strategic Marketing Plan was developed to broaden awareness and educate the general public of the services offered in the SelfServe Center with a focus on the I-CAN! interactive software. Funding was provided to facilitate the implementation of this plan. The project served the primary demographic group that utilizes the SelfServe Center on a daily basis. Namely, those who earn between $0 and $25,000 annually, are between the ages of 26 and 35 years old with either a high school diploma or some college. It also targeted online users outside the primary demographic group that search the Internet for legal resources.
  • Juror Appreciation Month
    The main objectives of Juror Appreciation Month are to educate the community about the judicial system, enhance public awareness of the importance of jury service, and to show appreciation to citizens who perform their civic responsibility. Funding was provided to install a wallscape that was previously designed, printed, and used in 2009. The wallscape thanks jurors for their service throughout the year. In addition, continued funding for movies, newspapers, and magazines for the Jury Assembly Room was provided as another means to make jury service a more pleasurable experience for those citizens who perform this service throughout the year.
  • National Adoption Day
    National Adoption Day recognizes the individuals involved in the adoption process, raises awareness of the need of foster children for adoptive homes, and celebrates the successful creation of families. Funding was provided to cover the cost of the event and provide teddy bears for the adopted children, corsages for adoptive mothers, and a cake to celebrate adoptions. A special court session is conducted during the event to finalize adoptions.
  • TCA Continuing Education
    Funding was provided to cover the cost of professional dues and attendance at professional conferences for the management staff of the Trial Court Administrator's Office. No funds were available for such activities under the then current State budget. As a result, management staff had to incur personal expense if they wanted to join professional associations, such as the National Association for Court Management, and/or attend conferences that promote employee development in the court system. The expense of the dues and conferences is such that few were financially able to take advantage of these opportunities. The request for assistance with meeting the continuing education needs of court personnel is consistent with Justice Initiatives' mission and purpose to advance the needs of the court system and to advocate for these needs.

Grants Awarded Spring 2009

  • Court Camp
    Funding was provided to better educate high school students about the 26th Judicial District. This educational outreach effort provided a "hands-on" day camp program within the Mecklenburg County Court system. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, students were instructed with a combination of lecture, writing, artwork, group work, videos, mock trial, visiting speakers (judges, court officials, and deputies), research via Internet, observation of live trials, and a guided tour of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse and Mecklenburg County Jail.
  • D-SLR Camera
    The dissemination of printed and electronic materials for educational purposes is central to the 26th Judicial District's mission. Funds were provided to purchase a professional grade D-SLR camera for photographing court staff, judges, areas of the courthouse, and various annual events. The photographs are used to enhance publications destined for the public including TCA newsletters, annual reports, brochures, PowerPoint presentations, the Mecklenburg County Bar newsletter, as well as the 26th Judicial District's website.
  • Drug Court Month
    Funding was provided to educate the public, court community, and elected officials regarding the success of the local drug courts. During National Drug Court month (May), the operations of eight local courts were highlighted through: A county proclamation; the presenting of information to community members, elected officials, and collaborative partners; providing special recognition for program participants, team members, and community partners; and, emphasizing the advantages of drug courts on a local, state, and national level.
  • Notary Public Licenses
    Funding was provided for the commissioning of five employees within the Family Court Administrator's Office in order to better serve the general public by notarizing domestic pleadings for self-represented litigants. Litigants in the midst of domestic crisis were previously required to leave the courthouse to seek notary services elsewhere. This grant alleviated the stress and time litigants spent running to and from the courthouse.
  • Online Calendars
    Funding was provided for the design and programming to create online, interactive calendars which allow Mecklenburg County Bar members the ability to update the status of their own cases and view the status of their colleagues' cases via the Internet. Providing attorneys with this online service promotes greater certainty as to what will transpire during the first day of the term and results in better prepared counsel and more organized dockets.
  • Town Hall Meetings
    Funding was provided to support the creation of a public forum for citizens of Mecklenburg County to pose questions of court officials as well as become informed on the various aspects of the court system. The Town Hall Meetings took place at designated locations in North, South, East and West Mecklenburg County and consisted of a brief presentation followed by a panel discussion. Following the discussion, citizens were encouraged to voice concerns or questions about the court system to the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Chief District Court Judge, Clerk of Superior Court, District Attorney, Public Defender, and Trial Court Administrator.
  • Wireless Access
    Funding was provided for the installation of wireless internet connections for the large Attorney Workroom on Level 6 of the courthouse and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Suite, also on Level 6 of the courthouse. The wireless internet access enables attorneys and litigants to remain productive while they await trial or other court proceedings and to access needed resources while trying their cases or participating in arbitration hearings, mediation sessions, or depositions.

Grants Awarded Fall 2008

  • Google Website Advertisement
    Funding was provided to advertise the I-CAN! web site on the Google search engine. ICAN! provides instructions and forms for addressing family law related matters in Mecklenburg County. The revenue ICAN! generates is reinvested into other innovative programs and services for the public.
  • Juror Appreciation Week
    Justice Initiatives' mission to "educate the community about the court system and to advocate, support and advance its needs and interests" is directly accomplished by granting funds for advertising and supporting the annual Juror Appreciation Week. The main objectives of Juror Appreciation Week are to educate the community about the judicial system, enhance public awareness of the importance of jury service and to show appreciation to citizens who perform their civic responsibility. To do such a billboard ad was purchased that thanked jurors for their service throughout the year. In addition, movies and magazines were purchased for the Jury Assembly Room as another means to make juror service a more pleasurable experience for those citizens who perform jury service throughout the year.
  • TCA Continuing Education
    Funding was provided to cover the cost of professional dues and attendance at professional conferences for the management staff of the Trial Court Administrator's Office. No funds were available for such activities under the then current State budget. As a result, management staff had to incur personal expense if they wanted to join professional associations, such as the National Association for Court Management, and/or attend conferences that promote employee development in the court system. The expense of the dues and conferences is such that few were financially able to take advantage of these opportunities. The request for assistance with meeting the continuing education needs of court personnel is consistent with Justice Initiatives' mission and purpose to advance the needs of the court system and to advocate for these needs.

Grants Awarded Spring 2008

  • Family Court Handbook
    The handbook for self-represented litigants was originally published in 2001. Justice Initiatives provided funding to reprint this valuable community tool that is designed to educate and assist pro se litigants in filing and responding to claims of divorce, child custody and visitation. The handbook was revised with the collaboration of law students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and Florida Coastal over a two year period.
  • Mecklenburg County Teen Court
    Funding was provided for this alternative judicial program within the 26th District for youthful misdemeanor offenders with no previous convictions. Successful completion of the program results in no criminal record for the participants.
  • I-CAN!
    In July 2008 Justice Initiatives and the Family Court SelfServe Center proudly launched the I-CAN!TM Legal low cost online application that fills out court forms by asking the user simple questions and putting his/her answers on the forms in the correct place. The website provides help with divorce and name change forms. It will be an ongoing project because Justice Initiatives and the SelfServe Center plan to eventually offer domestic violence, small claims, and custody forms on the I-CAN!TM website.

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