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NC District Court Judge District 25 Seat 10

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 no primary. There are 43 districts across the state, most of them either one or two counties.

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    Andrea Chiz Plyler
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

1. 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?

2. 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?

Age (optional) 32
Mailing Address P.O. BOX 54
Hudson, NC 28638
email address plylerforjudge@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement Justice with Integrity
My legal background has mainly been in the area of criminal law where I currently serve as an Assistant District Attorney in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties. I plan on bringing a common sense approach to the bench that will be grounded in applying the law as written. I have had the unique opportunity as a prosecutor to work very closely with victims of crimes. These individualized opportunities have taught me the value of taking the necessary time to listen, to let all the parties involved have a chance to be heard in a meaningful way, and then taking the needed time to make a well informed and thought out decision. I believe this will be an effective approach to most, if not all, matters and cases that may present themselves.

Specifically in the area of juvenile justice, I believe my experience serving as the designated prosecutor in juvenile court in our 3 counties will give me a different prospective. Cases that are handled in juvenile delinquency court require a special approach, one that looks at the needs of the juvenile, the services that are most appropriate for that juvenile, the safety concerns for the juvenile and the public, and most importantly what can be done so that the juvenile doesn't commit another offense. Raise the age has given new challenges, but has also given more opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our youth. I look forward to being a small part of that impact.
At this time in our history of the judicial system we are being faced with one the most challenging times to date. A global pandemic has created obstacles that were never foreseen and could have never been predicted. The effect this virus has had on our justice system has been profound. COVID-19 has created backlog of cases, limited access to the judicial system, creative restructuring of courtrooms and proceedings and a look into new technological approaches. The court system is put together with many moving parts, all working together for a common goal. As a judge, I believe flexibility and availability is key. The structure and procedure of local justice systems are continuously changing and adapting. Being flexible to new ways of handling matters, new locations of where matters may be heard and willingness to change when new approaches are needed I believe will be critical in our current state. Availability is also important, being available to meet the needs of these new demands, to help ease the burden of large caseloads and help address the inevitable backlog.

My top priority is to make sure I am doing everything I am able to do to best serve the needs of the citizens of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.