We believe that an efficient civil justice system is necessary to protect individual rights, to maintain a stable business environment, and to promote social order.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: We support continued efforts to develop appropriate alternative methods of dispute resolution and to increase funding to such efforts. We oppose any measures that deprive individuals and businesses of full and equal access to the civil justice system.
CIVIL RIGHTS: Racism, discrimination, hate, and bigotry still exist. Therefore, there is a need to continue to fight those who would take away the civil rights for which we fight so hard. Since many devoted their lives to social change, it is our obligation, to demand civil rights for all people regardless of race, gender, gender identification political persuasion, national origin, religion, age group and sexual orientation.
Further, because the United States Constitution does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex nor does it include language that addresses comprehensively the protection of the rights of women, 2016 North Carolina Democratic Party Platform  we call for a renewed effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, as proposed by Congress on March 22, 1972.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: We believe that our criminal justice system is in dire need of reform and that our current system disproportionately affects the poor and minorities. We believe that we must reform mandatory sentencing laws at both the federal and state levels, end mass incarceration, implement police body cameras, end racial profiling, and help those who were formerly
incarcerated to re-enter society through initiatives that reduce barriers to employment, e.g. “banning the box.”
Moreover, we must rebuild the trust between communities, particularly communities of color, and the police if we are to have safe neighborhoods and communities. We support community policing and oppose the militarization of law enforcement agencies. Furthermore, we support decriminalization of marijuana as well as changes to federal prohibition and allow states to develop their own drug laws as it relates to marijuana possession and consumption, including for medicinal and recreational use.
2009 RACIAL JUSTICE ACT: We condemn and oppose the 2013 repeal of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act and call for its reintroduction and expansion. Racial prejudice, especially in the criminal justice system, should not exist and each person in our state deserves due process and a fair trial.
JUVENILE JUSTICE: We believe that North Carolina should raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from sixteen years old to eighteen years old for misdemeanors and low-level felonies. Presently, North Carolina is only one of two states where sixteen and seventeen year olds can be charged and prosecuted as adults regardless of the severity of the crime. We also support and encourage the Department of Public Safety’s Juvenile Justice Section in the
promotion of alternatives to the traditional justice system, such as Teen Courts and diversion programs.
RIGHT TO JURY: We believe that the right to a fair and speedy trial by jury in criminal and civil matters is essential to justice and fundamental to democracy. We oppose arbitrary caps on jury awards.