NC District Court Judge District 10E 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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Eric Craig Chasse
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?
After fourteen years in private practice, I was appointed to the bench in 2007 and have served ever since; 2020 will be my fourth election. In my thirteen plus years on the bench, I have presided in nearly every courtroom in the Wake County justice system.
The platform of any political party should play absolutely no role in any judge's work. We are charged by statute and by our oaths to apply the law fairly without respect to any particular political philosophy.
This year in particular, the efficiency of the court system has been tested. As judges, we must try to follow best practices and the Chief Justice's guidelines in reopening our courtrooms in a safe manner, and thereafter maintain protocols to administer justice to all who come before us as promptly and efficiently as possible.
Over the past thirteen plus years, I have sat in most every courtroom in Wake County. Currently, my rotation includes juvenile delinquency/Recovery Court and various criminal courts; I have previously served in juvenile abuse, neglect and dependency court; civil and criminal domestic violence courts; child support court; specialized DWI courts; and involuntary commitment hearings. While we are fortunate in Wake County to be able to specialize, so to speak, within discrete rotations, over time we are able to gain experience in all facets of District Court through practice as well as mandatory continuing judicial education.
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