Superior Court Judges
Superior Court judges are attorneys who are elected for each district for eight-year terms. Superior Court judges must reside in the district in which they are elected, but rotate from one district to another within their division.

Special and emergency judges may also be assigned to particular judicial districts by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. The Senior Resident Superior Court Judge has the most seniority of the Superior Court judges in the district and is responsible for carrying out various administrative duties.

The Superior Court has jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases. The types of cases that are heard in superior court often require jury trials and deal with various action involving personal injury cases, medical malpractice, contract disputes, and actions in which the amount in controversy exceeds $25,000. There are a few special categories of cases, such as those involving appeals from administrative agencies and constitutional issues, are tried in Superior Court. In criminal cases, the Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all felonies and over misdemeanors appealed from a conviction in District Court.

Onslow County's Senior Resident Superior Court Judge is the Honorable Charles H. Henry. Judge Henry was appointed to this position in February, 1998, and was thereafter elected to an eight (8) year term in November, 1998. Judge Henry received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his law degree from Wake Forest University. Prior to serving on the bench he practiced law in Onslow County from 1980 until 1998, and was a Certified Superior Court Mediator.

Superior court judges are rotated within designated regions of the state for six (6) months at a time. Therefore, judges from other parts of eastern North Carolina may be assigned to hold court in Onslow County depending on the current schedule.

For additional information, or to direct correspondence, you may contact:

Christie W. Henderson
Judicial Assistant II
Onslow County Courthouse
625 Court Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Telephone: (910) 478-3616 ext. 3
Fax: (910) 478-3617