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Grant Recipients - 2011
  
Justice Initiatives is pleased to provide grant funding to the following projects:
   
  
Grants Awarded Fall 2011
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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.
  
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet Court Appointed Attorney CLE Training
 
bullet 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
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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
bullet 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.
    
bullet 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.
  
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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.
   
 
      
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