NC District Court Judge District 26 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 party primaries. There are 41 districts across the state, most of them either one or two counties.
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C. Renee Little
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?
Our Courts should be accessible, fair and respectful to all people and our Courts should run with excellence, efficiency and equity.
My extensive experience in civil, criminal, family, juvenile and mental health matters, as reflected in my roles a juvenile defender and a judicial hearing officer, uniquely qualifies me to be a District Court Judge. I am an innovate leader who has created dynamic programs for Court-involved youth. I have provided training and support for professionals in Guardianship matters and I have collaborated with other Court and community leaders to address systemic inequities. As a first generation American of Liberian ancestry I recognize that our Courts should be accessible and fair to all people. As a District Court Judge, I will use my legal expertise, leadership skills and life experiences to serve our community and our Courts with compassion, efficiency and fairness.
As a District Court Judge, I will review all matters before me fairly, impartially and in full compliance of the laws of North Carolina. I will serve the community based upon the inherent impartial and legal nature of my judicial role not based on any political platform or agenda.
I believe the greatest challenge to our Justice System is the perception that our Courts are not fair and equitable for all people. As a District Court Judge I will continue to educate myself about implicit biases and systemic inequities, I will encourage the transparency and accountability of the Courts, and I will collaborate with others to ensure our Courts operate with excellence, efficiency and equity.
I have demonstrated a commitment to service, respect for the law and innovative leadership throughout my legal career. As a public defender and then juvenile defender, I zealously advocated for my clients and I collaborated with judges, lawyers, social workers and mental health providers to improve outcomes for Court-involved youth and families. As Judicial Hearing Officer, I have gained keen insight about how our Courts run. I have displayed knowledge of the law and sound decision making as I have presided over thousands of hearings, including contested matters and a jury trial. I have the knowledge, skills and values needed to ensure that our Courts operate with excellence, efficiency and equity in the administration of justice.
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