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NC District Court Judge District 09 Seat 4

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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  • John Hoyte (J.) Stultz III

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    Carolyn (Yancey) Thompson

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What unique personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this judgeship?

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Position/philosophy statement I am committed to equal justice for all while upholding our laws and constitution.
I have litigated and presided over thousands of cases during my 24 years of experience as a trial attorney, district court judge and superior court judge. I have always and will always respect that there are people behind every file number who are deserving of integrity, knowledge and fairness from the bench. The one constant that has remained in my experience as an attorney and judge is that people want to be heard regardless of whether they can afford an attorney. I have a proven record of being a firm but fair judge who will listen to all the facts and rule according the law.
Partisan platforms have no place on the bench for judges who are committed to providing justice for everyone. I have never ruled in a case or represented a client based upon party affiliation. There are no party affiliations for child abuse cases, domestic violence trials, crime victims' statements ... just people needing the scales of justice to be balanced.
Access to the courtroom can be expensive. My role is to apply the same standards regardless of a person's ability to retain a lawyer.
I am a seasoned trial attorney in areas of family law, criminal law and juvenile cases. As a former district court and superior court judge, I heard several cases involving family, criminal and juvenile matters. In 2014, the Administrative Office of the Courts certified me in the area of juvenile court laws. The prerequisite for this certification included hearing over 1,000 cases and ongoing training. In our community, I continue to serve as a volunteer teen court judge for over 10 years and as a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Commission. As a superior court judge, I presided over high level criminal cases which involved numerous jury trials. While in private practice for several years, I fought for families affected by child support, divorce, custody, and other family law-related matters. I continue to also serve as an advocate against domestic violence and provide training to clergy regarding domestic violence in the faith community.