Each year, this award is presented to honor an employee who has made a significant and notable contribution to the advancement of the Mecklenburg County court system. The type of contribution made can vary. It may be related to performance, leadership, innovation, advocacy, public education or some other meritorious area related to the public good. The board of directors will determine the relevancy, level of importance and degree to which each contribution has made a difference. The winner will receive a check for $1000.00, a plaque in recognition of their accomplishment and the permanent listing of their name in the registry of past winners.

Please complete and submit the nomination form below by April 1st. The nominations will be reviewed by April 15th and the winner will be announced at the "Evening at the Courthouse" event held at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

See Past Recipients HERE.


Each year, Justice Initiatives provides a $500 award to one full-time undergraduate student and one graduate student majoring in criminal justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte who plan to pursue a career in the court/legal system. The award is made available through a competitive process. Applicants submit a transcript, a resume, two letters of recommendation (one of which must be a from a criminal justice faculty member), a personal statement about future career goals, and an essay that discusses the challenges facing the judicial branch in general and local courts in particular. The essay must then address the role an intermediate justice system organization like JI can play in helping to advance the needs of the court system to better serve the community.

See Past Recipients HERE.