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.
"Committed to the Community, Dedicated to Justice." I am R.E.A.L. Respectful, Efficient, Active in the Community, and Learned in the Law.
I strongly believe that a District Court Judge is not only an official of the court but is also an official for the public who has a responsibility to serve both inside and outside of the courtroom. I have dedicated my life to public service through both my employment and community commitments. As a former prosecutor and as an Assistant Attorney General, I have practiced in courtrooms all across the State of North Carolina, which brings a unique perspective to the bench.
None. Judges are tasked and swore an oath to remain impartial and unbiased and my party affiliation has nothing to do with how I rule or how I follow the law. Every individual, regardless of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, etc. is treated the same in my courtroom, as it should be for every judge.
The greatest obstacle to justice is implicit biases. I believe that my role is to recognize, address, and account for these biases so that I do not apply the law unfairly to someone based upon a subconscious belief.
At the age of 30, I was only the third and youngest African American female District Court Judge in Wake County history since the courts were established over 50 years ago. Since that time, I have presided in almost all types of criminal and domestic courtrooms ranging from traffic offenses, assaults, DWI, domestic violence, lower-level felony pleas, involuntary commitment, probation violations, family, and child support matters. I have served in multiple leadership roles for several years; however, I'm most passionate about educating our youth on the criminal justice system. I am devoted to developing positive strategies to hopefully divert our youth from any future negative involvement in the juvenile and adult criminal system, which is why I co-founded the Capital City Lawyers Association Law Day. Since its inception in 2014, over 700 students in Wake County have had an opportunity to take a tour of the jail, interact with officers, attorneys, and judges, and participate in a mock trial. Additionally, I often speak at local elementary, middle, and high schools across Wake County, at the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, and at local churches. I have also served on numerous panels concerning the importance of bridging the relationship between the public and local law enforcement.