NC District Court Judge District 10B Seat 03
The NC District Court hears civil cases involving less than $25,000 and criminal misdemeanors. District Court also oversees juvenile court and the magistrates, which handle things like small claims and evictions.Judges are elected for 4 year terms. Legislation in 2017 changed these elections to partisan elections with party primaries. There are 41 districts across the state, most of them either one or two counties.
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Julie L. Bell
What unique personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this judgeship?
You are running for a partisan judicial position. What role should the platform of your political party play in your work as a judge on the court?
What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice and do you think there is a role you should play to address these obstacles?
What experiences do you bring to the kind of cases likely to come before you in the areas of family law, criminal law and juvenile justice issues
I will be fair and impartial to all citizens who appear before me.
I have met and represented litigants and witnesses who come from all walks of life, backgrounds and environments. I have met and represented those who have lived through the horror of domestic violence or sexual abuse. I have participated in civil, criminal, juvenile and a limited number of domestic cases. I have taken and taught classes that assist me and others in understanding better a particular area of the law or strategies for presenting information effectively in legal proceedings. All of these experiences have prepared me to serve.
The platform of my political party should not play a role in my work as a judge. I will be fair and impartial to all who appear in front of me.
The lack of sufficient resources to address the increasing volume of cases presents an obstacle to justice. My role would be to work efficiently and diligently to hear cases as expeditiously as possible and yet allow sufficient time for both sides to present their case.
I bring my experience in the various legal matters I have been involved with over my legal career. Specifically, I served as an assistant district attorney where I represented the State of North Carolina in criminal, traffic and juvenile cases. In private practice I have represented adults and teens charged with traffic tickets and criminal offenses. I have represented juveniles in juvenile court. I have represented individuals seeking to recover for damages they allege were caused by another person and I have defended individuals and businesses who have been sued in civil litigation in protecting their rights and reputations. Having prior legal experience on both sides of civil, criminal and juvenile cases gives me the unique ability to see both sides, which is exactly what a judge must do. I have also worked as a grievance hearing officer. In that position I had to listen during hearings to the evidence and arguments of both sides and decide the case based upon the law. Judges listen to both sides and make decisions based upon the law.
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