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. 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.

DC Judges in District 9 The Honorable Daniel F. Finch has been a District Court Judge in the Ninth Judicial District since 1995. On January 1, 2009 he became Chief District Court Judge. He was born in Oxford, N. C. He attended Mars Hill College, graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N. C. in 1970 (B.A.) and Mercer University in 1973 (J.D.). He was in private law practice in October of 1973 to 1995. He was the attorney for Granville County Board of Education from 1974 to 1995, City Attorney for Oxford, N. C. from 1975 until 1995. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He attended the National Judicial College, University of Nevada at Reno in the summer of 1997.

The Honorable J. Henry Banks was born in New Bern, North Carolina, where he attended Public School. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, undergraduate and School of Law. He served in the United States Army and was Honorably Discharged as a first Lieutenant. He was engaged in the private practice of law in Henderson, N. C. from 1973 until 1996. He also served on the Henderson City Council from 1983 until 1996, which included 1993 until 1996 as Mayor Pro-Tempe. In April 1996 he was appointed by the Honorable Governor James B. Hunt as a District Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District.

The Honorable Randolph Baskerville is a Vance County native. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Fayetteville State University, a Master's degree from NCA&T State University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from The School of Law at North Carolina Central University. He was appointed by the Honorable Governor Michael F. Easley to the District Court bench in December 2005. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers and the Vance County Bar Association. He has practiced law in Vance County for more than twenty years. Prior to private practice, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Ninth Judicial District for six years.

The Honorable John W. Davis was born and raised in Louisburg, N.C. He became a District Court Judge in December of 2004. He graduated from Louisburg High School in 1987, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991 with a degree in Business Administration and the Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1994. He practiced law with the firm of Davis, Sturges & Tomlinson in Louisburg from 1994 until 2004 and served as Board Attorney for the Franklin County Board of Education for five years. He is a member of Louisburg United Methodist Church, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, the Louisburg Fire Department and the North Carolina District Court Judges Association. He is married and lives with his wife and three children in Louisburg.

The Honorable Amanda E. Stevenson is a Granville County native and a graduate of South Granville High School. She holds a Bachelorís Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1984) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law (1988). After receiving her law license, Amanda Stevenson engaged in private law practice for 24 years within Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren Counties. She has been legal counsel for the State of North Carolina Jaycees, President of the Henderson Jaycee Chapter, volunteer for Legal Aid, and life long member of Geneva Presbyterian Church. She is married with 2 children and still resides in Granville County. She was elected District Court Judge in 2012.

The Honorable Carolyn J. Yancey, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hampton University where she majored in sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Judge Yancey obtained her Juris Doctor degree from N C Central University School of Law. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Divinity degree from Shaw University. Before becoming Judge, Judge Yancey practiced law for 13 years as a solo practitioner. In 2007, she became a licensed minister and attends Cornerstone Christian Community Church in Oxford, NC. Judge Yancey is married to Attorney Arthur W. Yancey and they have three children.

District Court Trial Court Coordinator: Mary Ann Parrott

District Court Judicial Assistants: Ruth B. Roberts