Superior Court Judge?
I am frequently asked questions about being a NC Superior Court Judge. Below are some of the more common ones I receive.
What is a NC Superior Court Judge?
A quick answer is a North Carolina Superior Judge is an elected Judge that presides over cases in North Carolina Superior Court. There are around 100 NC Superior Court Judges in North Carolina.
What is North Carolina Superior Court?
Superior Court in North Carolina is a Trial Court where nearly all felony criminal cases and civil matters involving more than $25,000.00 are resolved. The Superior Court in North Carolina is the highest level Trial Court. Murder and serious felonies are resolved in Superior Court. Personal injury matters involving damages in excess of $25,000.00 are tried in this Court. Superior Court also has jurisdiction over traffic and misdemeanor matters that have been appealed from decisions in District Court.
Most often in Superior Court, a jury of 12 hears and determines the outcome of the contested matter. There are a few situations where a Judge may decide; but more times than not the Jury is the trier of fact for cases within the Superior Court’s Jurisdiction.
Where does a NC Superior Court Judge hold Court?
Superior Court Judges have statewide jurisdiction, but generally are assigned to a particular term and session of court within a county. Superior Court Judges preside in a larger area than most other Judges due to the seriousness of the types of cases handled. This is done as an effort to minimize conflicts and avoid impartiality that could arise if a Judge was to only hear cases in one county for a substantial length of time.
North Carolina has eight divisions and Superior Court Judges rotate through the districts within their division. For example, Davie and Davidson counties make up the North Carolina 22B Judicial District; however, the Sixth Division of Superior Court consists of six (6) other counties beyond that of Davie and Davidson.
The Sixth Division of the NC Superior Court serves eight counties. If elected, Jon will serve an eight (8) year term for the following counties: Alexander, Cabarrus, Davie, Davidson, Iredell, Rowan, Stanly, and Union.
When and who votes for a Superior Court Judge?
A Superior Court Judge seat is determined by the voters in the Judicial District.
For example, voters in Davie and Davidson County will vote for and elect one NC Superior Court Judge in 2016. This will be the seat currently held by the Honorable Theodore Royster, who has expressed he will not be seeking another term after his expires at the end of 2016.
As of this date, there are four candidates that have filed for this position. Since there are more than two (2) candidates a primary election will be held on March 15, 2016 to narrow the candidate field to two. These two candidates will move forward and be determined during the general election to be held on November 8, 2016. The candidate receiving the most votes from Davie and Davidson county will be sworn in on or about January 1, 2017. Thereafter the new Judge will preside over various cases in Superior Court for the next eight years.
by Jon Welborn
Jon is an experienced trial attorney with over 10 years litigating a variety of cases in all NC Trial Courts.
Jon is a NC Superior Court Judicial Candidate in the 22B Judicial District. Learn more on Facebook about Jon’s campaign for NC Superior Court Judge. For specific questions, contact Welborn Law.