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Harvard Ash Center Bright IdeasJI recognized as 2017 Harvard Ash Center Bright Ideas in Government.
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May 10, 2017
Maura E. Chavez named the 10th annual Raising the Bar Award winner.
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March 22, 2017
JI Awarded $10,000 from Unite Charlotte Grant to Aid in Rebuilding Community Trust.
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March 17, 2017
Applications for Court Camp are now being accepted.
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News & Updates Archive

Need help with court forms?
I-CAN!™ Legal is a low cost online application that will fill out court forms for you by asking you simple questions and putting your answers on the forms in the correct place.
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Need to check on the status of a court calendar?
Our Interactive Court Calendars system gives Mecklenburg County Bar members the ability to review the status of trial dockets and update the status of their own cases.
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Past Projects
2009 - 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.

2009 - 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.

2008, September - Parenting Coordination Training
Parenting Coordination Training was presented by the North Carolina Psychological Association, the Center for Cooperative Parenting, Inc., the Family Court Administrator's Office of the 26th Judicial District and Justice Initiatives. The three-day training fulfilled the 24-hours training requirement under N.C.G.S. § 50-93(a) to serve as a Parenting Coordinator.
Parenting Coordination is a child focused alternative dispute resolution process in which a mental health or legal professional with mediation training and experience assists high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of their disputes in a timely manner, educating parents about children's needs, and with prior approval of the parties and/or the court, making decisions within the scope of the court order or appointment contract.
Parenting Coordination Training Flyer (561kb)

2008, July 21-25  Juror Appreciation Week
The Trial Court Administrator's office, with the support of Justice Initiatives, hosted the second annual Juror Appreciation week.
Proclamation of Juror Appreciation  (136kb)
Proclamation of Juror Appreciation Poster  (732kb)

2008, July 9 - I-CAN! Launch Celebration
The Board of Justice Initiatives, Inc. and The Family Court Division of the Trial Court Administrator’s Office cordially invite you to our I-CAN! Launch Celebration on Wednesday, July 9, 2008.
Through the generous support of the North Carolina Bar Association,
Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg County Government a set
of interactive self-help legal forms have now been developed for the
use of the general public.
A brief presentation of this new and exciting web-based service will
be given in Room 4510 of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse
beginning at 10:00 AM. The presentation will then be followed by a
live demonstration in The SelfServe Center, Suite 3350.
June 18, 2008 - Press Release  (51kb)
Save the Date Promotional Flyer  (98kb)

2008, March - Family Court Simplifying Equitable Distributions CLE
The CLE Introducing the New Excel Equitable Distribution Final Pretrial Order: CCF-38A was held at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse on March 14, March 28 and April 4, 2008. This training event was sponsored by Justice Initiatives, Inc., the Family Court Administrator's Office and the Domestic Court Committee of the 26th Judicial District. Attendees received hands on instruction from the designer of the Excel tool and learned how to enter and calculate data using a single schedule of property interests that is completed by the parties and the presiding judge.

-Alan Kaplan, Attorney and Designer of Excel Tool
-The Honorable Rebecca T. Tin, Lead Domestic District Court Judge
-The Honorable Christy T. Mann, Family Court Domestic Judge
-Attorney Robert P. Hanner II and Paralegal Le Moore, Casstevens, Hanner, -Gunter, Riopel,& Wofford, P.A.
-Attorney Tate K. Sterrett and Paralegal Cathy Lamarca, Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A.

Continuing Legal Education Credit: 2.0 general hours
Simplifying Equitable Distribution Flyer  (111kb)
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