Superior Court Judges for District 18
Superior Court Judge John O. Craig, III Resident Superior Court Judge
John. O. Craig, III

Resident Judge, North Carolina Superior Court Fifth Division, District 18-B (High Point) appointed by Governor Easley to his current position in February 2002. Elected in November 2002 for term beginning January 2003 for an eight-year term.


Born December 14, 1955 in High Point, North Carolina. Married to Kari Craig. One son, Ian; two stepsons, Ryan and Andrew. Methodist. Democrat. Enjoys flyfishing, fly tying, baseball, falconry, painting, reading historical fiction, writing poetry, entomology and lepidoptery.


Received his undergraduate degree in history, with honors from Davidson College in 1978, was awarded a Thomas Watson Fellowship for post-graduate study abroad in 1979 and received his law degree from UNC-CH in 1982.

Practice of Law:

Admitted to practice North Carolina 1982. U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court (1987). Practiced law in High Point, NC for twenty years with the Fisher law firm until 2002. Recently named the "Trial Judge of the Year" for 2005 by the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Organizations and Community Affairs:

Vice-Chairman, Board of Governors, Mary and Elliott Wood Foundation. Member Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church; Assistant Coach, High Point Little League; Board of Review Chairman, Troop 4, Boy Scouts of America; Member, Trout Unlimited and Nat Greene Flyfishers; Member, North Carolina Falconers Guild.

Legal Activities:

Member of North Carolina State Bar Association, 18th Judicial District Bar Association, High Point Bar Association, Inns of Court, Guilford Chapter. Speaker at CLE seminars for NC Bar Foundation and NC Academy of Trial Lawyers. Author, "What I've Learned," North Carolina State Bar Quarterly, Autumn, 2005.