District Court Judges
 
District Court Judges are attorneys elected for each district in non-partisan elections for four years 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. Generally, the District Court is the proper division for cases involving amounts in controversy of $10,000 or less. 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.

There are nine District Court Judges in Pender and New Hanover Counties. District Criminal Court handles infractions, misdemeanors, probable cause hearings, first appearances, bond hearings, juvenile court, drug treatment court, and administrative traffic court.

Chief District Court Judge
      J.H. Corpening, II
 
District Court Judge
  Rebecca.W. Blackmore
  James. H. Faison, III
  Sandra Ray
  Richard Russell Davis
  Melinda H. Crouch
  Jeffrey E. Noecker
  Chad E. Hogston
  Robin Wicks Robinson
 
  District Court Judicial Assistant
  Sherri Turner
 
  Mailing Address:
  W. Allen Cobb Judicial Annex Building
  316 Princess Street, Suite 328
  Wilmington, NC 28401
 
  Office:   (910) 772-6612
  Fax:       (910) 772-6613