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.

Four District Court Judges are regularly assigned to Second Judicial District. The District Court judges, and their respective mailing addresses are as follows:
The Honorable Michael A. Paul, Mailing Address:
  Chief District Court Judge PO Box 1403
  Washington, NC 27889
  (252) 940-4012
The Honorable Darrell B. Cayton, Jr PO Box 934
    Washington, NC 27889-0278
  (252) 940-4012
The Honorable Christopher B. McLendon PO Box 1362
    Washington, NC 27889
  (252) 940-4012
The Honorable Regina Parker PO Box 1132
    Williamston, NC 27892
  (252) 809 5159 or (252) 940-4012
Jacqueline R. Watson,  
  District Court Judicial Assistant II (252) 940-4012