NC District Court Judge District 10F 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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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 believe that the law must work fairly and equally for everyone and I am committed to administering justice without bias or agenda.
Throughout my career I've helped hundreds of individuals navigate their way through the justice system. I've worked with parents who were struggling to reunite with their children, drug addicts who are trying to get clean as well as people who are suffering from mental health issues. I take the time to listen to my clients and treat them with empathy and compassion. Through their personal stories I've gained a greater understanding of the problems people face every day and the impact that district court has on their lives. These experiences have reinforced my belief that being a judge is more than just following the law-it's about recognizing the human aspect to each case and treating people with dignity and respect.
The platform of a political party shouldn't play any role in the administration of justice. I believe that judicial races in North Carolina should be non-partisan.
The greatest obstacles to justice are poverty and social inequality. One area which disproportionately affects indigent people is the bond system, which requires people to pay money in order to secure their release from jail while awaiting trial. There are many presumptively innocent people who are sitting in jail for the sole reason that they cannot afford to pay their bond. This results in devastating consequences including job loss, eviction, and places tremendous stress on their families as well.
When setting a bond amount a judge should consider many factors. A judge should thoroughly analyze the individual's situation and make an informed decision based on the individual's particular set of circumstances rather than using a "one size fits all" approach to setting bond amounts.
I've spent my entire career practicing law in District Court. I am passionate about ensuring equal justice for all thus I've dedicated my career to representing the most vulnerable individuals in our society. I have extensive experience in criminal law having represented clients in hundreds of criminal cases. I have fought hard to reunite children with their families in A/N/D (abuse, neglect, dependency) court. Although the majority of my experience is in criminal law, I have the necessary knowledge and ability to preside over civil matters as well.
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