District Court Judges
District Court Judge Shamieka L. Rhinehart

Shamieka Rhinehart is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In 1993, she attended the University of North carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Bachelor's of Art in English. Upon graduation in 1997, she took a year off and she became an eagle at North Carolina Central School of Law in 1998. She received her law degree in 2001. After graduating from law school, Judge Rhinehart worked as an associate attorney with Willie R. Perry, Jr. in 2002. In 2003, she worked as an associate attorney with Brown, Flebotte, Wilson, Horn & Webb, PLLC.

In May of 2005, Judge Rhinehart became an assistant district attorney in Durham County where she prosecuted various misdemeanors and felonies. During her years in this position, she supervised the Property and Fraud teams for two years until she became the supervisor of District Court in 2012. As the District Court Supervisor, Judge Rhinehart prosecuted various misdemeanors and felonies and supervised other assistant district attorneys.

On January 2, 2017, she was sworn in as a District Court Judge. Currently, Judge Rhinehart presides in civil jury matters; child support matters; misdemeanor criminal matters; abuse, dependency, and neglect cases; traffic court; and criminal first appearances. Judge Rhinehart is the presiding judge in Durham's Misdemeanor Diversion Court.