CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Conference of Court Administrators recently named the 26th Judicial District, which covers Mecklenburg County, the winner of the 2010 Judicial Administration Award.

The court administrators group created the award to recognize courts and related organizations in North Carolina for worthy projects and accomplishments “that enhance the administration of justice,” according to Charles Keller Jr., community access and outreach administrator for the 26th District.

The court administrators association recognized Mecklenburg for creating Justice Initiatives Inc., a local nonprofit formed in 2004 by a group of community and justice system leaders. Justice Initiatives works to educate the community about the court system, advocate for increased funding to the judicial branch and raise seed money for innovative programs, including town hall meetings, judicial candidates’ forums, court camp and teen court. Find more information online at