District Court Judges
District Court judges are attorneys elected for each district for four-year terms and must reside in the district in which they are elected. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina designates one of the judges as Chief District Court Judge, and this judge has administrative duties, including assigning the judges to sessions of court.

Both civil and criminal cases are heard in District Court. The civil district court handles matters dealing with domestic issues such as custody, child support, equitable distribution and divorce actions. For the trial of all civil actions in which the amount in controversy is $25,000 or less district court would be the proper division. Domestic relations cases involving alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, equitable distribution, and juvenile matters are also heard in this court. In criminal cases, District Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases and most traffic offenses.

Five district court judges are regularily assigned to Orange County. These same judges also hold court in Chatham County, which together with Orange County, comprise the 15B Judicial District. Our District Court Judges, and their respective counties of residence, are:

  • Joseph M. Buckner, Chief District Court Judge
  • Beverly Scarlett
  • Jay Bryan
  • Samantha H. Cabe
  • Sherri T. Murrell
The District Court Trial Court Coordinator and the District Court Arbitration Coordinator is Mindy Harris.