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.

District Court Judges 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 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 lives with his three children in Louisburg.

The Honorable Amanda E. Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia where she majored in sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Judge Thompson obtained her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She was elected District Court Judge in 2008. Prior to becoming a judge, she practiced law for 13 years as a solo practitioner, contract attorney for Warren and Vance County Departments of Social Services, and contract attorney for Vance County Child Support Enforcement Agency. Judge Thompson is a licensed and ordained minister. She serves as an associate minister at her family’s church, Cornerstone Christian Community Church. Judge Thompson is the founder and author of Abigail’s Veil ministry which provides domestic violence training for church leadership. Judge Thompson is a recipient of the 2014 Women of Justice Award issued by Lawyer’s Weekly; the 2015 Power of One Community Service Award issued by the Vance County Women of Economic Enrichment Program; and a host of community service recognitions.

The Honorable Carolyn J. Thompson, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia where she majored in sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Judge Thompson obtained her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She was elected District Court Judge in 2008. Prior to becoming a judge, she practiced law for 13 years as a solo practitioner, contract attorney for Warren and Vance County Departments of Social Services, and contract attorney for Vance County Child Support Enforcement Agency. Judge Thompson is a licensed and ordained minister. She serves as an associate minister at her family’s church, Cornerstone Christian Community Church. Judge Thompson is the founder and author of Abigail’s Veil ministry which provides domestic violence training for church leadership. Judge Thompson is a recipient of the 2014 Women of Justice Award issued by Lawyer’s Weekly; the 2015 Power of One Community Service Award issued by the Vance County Women of Economic Enrichment Program; and a host of community service recognitions.

The Honorable Adam S. Keith was born and raised in Louisburg, N. C. and attended the local public schools. He graduated from Louisburg High School in 2002. In 2006, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and History. In 2009, Judge Keith graduated from North Carolina Central University – School of Law with his Juris Doctor. In 2010, he practiced law as an Associate Attorney in the Law Office of Thomas H. Clifton, PLLC. From December 2010 through August 2013, he was an Assistant County Attorney in the Cabarrus County Legal Department. From August 2013 through December 2013, he engaged in the private practice of law. In January of 2014, he became a partner in Clifton and Keith, PLLC located in Louisburg, N. C. He engaged in the private practice of law from 2014-2015. In December of 2015, he was appointed by the Honorable Governor Pat McCrory as a District Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District.

District Court Trial Court Coordinator: Ruth B. Roberts

District Court Judicial Assistant II: Tericia W. Parrish