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Sandra Ray Criner

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Sandra Ray Criner
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Current Court Information:
North Carolina 5th Judicial District
Title:   Judge
Active:   2004-2016
Preceded by:   Elton Tucker
Past position:   Attorney in private practice (self-employed)
Past term:   2002-2004
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   North Carolina State University, 1987
Law School:   Campbell Law School, 1991
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  5th Judicial District
State:  North Carolina
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  100%ApprovedA

Sandra Ray Criner is a district court judge for the 5th Judicial District, serving New Hanover and Pender counties of North Carolina. She was first elected in 2004, succeeding Elton Tucker. She was re-elected in 2012 for a term that expires in 2016.[1][2][3]


Criner received an A.A. degree from St. Mary's College in 1984, a B.A. degree from North Carolina State University in 1987, and a J.D. degree from Campbell Law School in 1991.[2]


Criner began her career in 1991 as an Assistant District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District. She worked in that capacity until 1996. Criner then worked part-time as an Assistant D.A. in the 13th Judicial District and practiced with the firm of Jackson, Rivenbark & Slaughter. She opened her own law firm in 2002, where she worked until her judicial election in 2004.[2]

2012 election

Criner was re-elected without opposition on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

See also: North Carolina judicial elections, 2012

Judicial candidate survey

The North Carolina Bar Association asked its members to rank incumbent judges with terms ending in 2012 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being "excellent". Below are Criner's ratings in five categories and overall:

  • Overall: 3.54
  • Integrity & Fairness: 3.64
  • Legal Ability: 3.71
  • Professionalism: 3.48
  • Communication: 3.80
  • Administrative Skills: 3.79[6]

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