Superior Court Judges for District 30B
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge J. Marlene Hyatt Senior Resident Superior Court Judge
J. Marlene Hyatt

J. Marlene Hyatt of Waynesville is Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Judicial District 30B. Judicial District 30B is comprised of Haywood and Jackson Counties.

When elected a resident superior court judge in November 1986 she became the first woman elected a resident superior court judge. She is also the first woman to serve as an elected Senior Resident Superior Court Judge. She is one of only seven women now serving as superior court judges in North Carolina.


Judge Hyatt is the daughter of Hilda Dotson Hyatt and the late R. Allen Hyatt. She grew up in Waynesville and attended Hazelwood Elementary, Waynesville Junior High, and Tuscola High schools. She was a member of the National Honor Society and named an Outstanding Senior. She also attended the N. C. Governorís School.

She graduated from Wake Forest University magna cum laude in 1976. She was a Carswell Scholar as well as Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her law degree at Wake Forest University School of Law in 1980. While at the law school she received a North Carolina Scholarship and the American Jurisprudence Award in Remedies.

In 1986 she was chosen Alumna of the Year at Wake Forest University.

Legal Activities:

Judge Hyatt was appointed a special superior court judge December 1984 by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.

Before being appointed a special superior court judge, she practiced law in Waynesville.

Judge Hyatt is a past member of the North Carolina Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Committee. She is also a past member of the Dispute Resolution Commission, having served as Vice-Chair 1995 through 1997 and Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Training and Certification Standards.

She is a member of the N. C. Bar Association, the N. C. State Bar, the 30th Judicial District Bar Association, and serves as Secretary of the N. C. Conference of Superior Court Judges.

Organizations and Community Affairs:

She is a member of Longís Chapel United Methodist Church. She is also active in a number of community choral organizations and other community organizations.