NC Superior Court Judge District 10E Seat 1
The NC Superior Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in North Carolina. It hears all felony cases and certain misdemeanor cases. In civil matters, superior courts hear civil disputes involving amounts over $25,000. Judges are elected for 8 year terms. Legislation in 2017 changed these elections to partisan elections with no primary. The Superior Courts are divided into 8 divisions and further into 50 districts. There are 97 regular Superior Court judges under current state law, in addition to "special judges" who are appointed by the Governor, not elected. Judges rotate from district to district within their division every six months in order to avoid the danger of corruption or favoritism.
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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 in working hard and treating everyone with fairness and respect.
I've been a lawyer for 35 years. 20 years in private practice doing a variety of high level trial work, 7 years as Wake County's first Public Defender and 8 years as a Superior Court Judge. I've tried every type of case and encountered most every situation one could imagine.
Poor people do not have adequate access to high quality legal representation in either criminal or civil court. Public Defenders and Legal Aid lawyers do a great job but they are underfunded and overworked.
Of the areas listed, only criminal cases come into the Superior Court. I've spent most of my career trying criminal cases.
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