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NC District Court Judge District 04 Seat 9

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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    James Walter Bateman III

Biographical Information

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?

Age (optional) 39
Contact Phone (910) 455-7700
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Position/philosophy statement Conservative Lawyer running for District Court for Onslow, Sampson, Duplin, and Jones Counties.
I am a native of the Fourth Judicial District and have spent my entire career practicing in this district and representing the citizens of this district in a wide range of legal issues. My practice has been primarily focused on trial work in our District Courts and I have experience representing clients in the many different types of cases that our District Courts handle.
District Court judges are trial court judges. As such they should follow the law as set forth In the North Carolina General Statutes, which are passed by our legislature and interpreted by our appellate Courts, regardless of political affiliation. The law also gives judges a lot of discretion in some areas of the law and I believe the Judge’s political affiliation can give voters important Insight into the set of values and ideals that a Judge may use in exercising that discretion.
I believe the biggest obstacle In this judicial district is the lack of available court time due to large dockets. The position I am seeking is a new judicial seat which was created to help alleviate the current backlog of cases. I hope to use my experience, combined with hard work, to help our court system become more efficient.
I have represented clients in all of these areas. I have tried criminal and family law cases in our District Court on a weekly basis for the last ten years. I have represented clients on just about any type of family law or criminal law issue that would come before our District Courts. I have also been a husband for 18 years and a father for 15 years, and I believe that the experiences gained in those roles will be a tremendous asset when presiding over family law cases.