- AWARD WON: 2017 Bright Idea
- AWARDEE: Justice Initiatives, Inc.
- DESIGNEE: 26th Judicial District of the State of North Carolina
- JURISDICTION: North Carolina
Justice Initiatives, Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit organization that brings together local courts and community stakeholders to support the administration of justice through innovative local civics education programs, advocacy for needed court resources, and advancement of technological improvements and services for local court users. The organization advances and supports the administration of justice through the development of much needed court functions, such as online case scheduling and online self-help forms, and grants to support programs such as childcare for court users, the drug treatment court, and training for court personnel. The program also advocates for the needs of the courts by informing legislative committees, elected officials, and the media of urgent issues facing the courts — a function that became more important in the wake of the 2008 recession and severe cuts to court funding that jeopardized many critical court programs and services.