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Divisions of the North Carolina Superior Courts

The North Carolina Superior Courts are courts at the trial level in North Carolina. According to the court website: "All felony criminal cases, civil cases involving more than $10,000 and misdemeanor and infraction appeals from District Court are tried in Superior Court. A jury of 12 hears the criminal cases. In the civil cases, juries are often waived."[1]

The superior courts are split into eight divisions and forty-seven districts. Generally, Superior Court judges rotate among the districts within their division every six months. However, this rotation has been suspended due to budgetary constraints on at least three occasions.[2] The rotation system is intended to avoid any favoritism arising that might result from having a permanent judge in a district.

A superior court sits in the county seat of each county.[3]

Superior court divisions

Superior Court Divisions Counties Served Judicial districts
First Division Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Washington, and Wilson 1st, 2nd, 3A, 6A, 6B, 7A and 7BC
Second Division Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, and Wayne 3B, 4A, 4B, 5th, 8A and 8B
Third Division Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, and Warren 9th, 9A, 10th, 14th, 15A and 15B
Fourth Division Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Robeson, Scotland 11A, 11B, 12th, 13th, 16A and 16B
Fifth Division Alleghany, Ashe, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin 17A, 17B, 18th, 19B, 21st and 23rd
Sixth Division Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly, and Union 19A, 19C, 20A, 20B, 22A and 22B
Seventh Division Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, and Mecklenburg 25A, 25B, 26th, 27A and 27B
Eighth Division Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey 24th, 28th, 29A, 29B, 30A and 30B

Special judges

The following serve as special judges of the Superior Court:

Former judges

See also

External links


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