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Superior Court Judges

There are two Superior Court Judges in Judicial District 15-B, which is comprised of Orange and Chatham Counties. The Senior Resident Superior Court Judge is Carl R. Fox, and R. Allen Baddour, Jr. is the other Resident Superior Court Judge. Both judges may be assigned to hold court in Orange and Chatham counties, or in any of the other judicial districts in North Carolina. For the first half of 2010, Judge Fox is assigned to Judicial District 10 (Wake County) and Judge Baddour is assigned to Judicial District 15B (Orange and Chatham Counties). The second half of 2010 has Judge Fox retrurning to his home district, Judicial District 15B, and Judge Baddour will be in District 10 (Wake County).

Also on rotation and assigned to Judicial District 15B are Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones, from Wake County, who is assigned to Orange and Chatham Counties for the first half of the year, and Superior Court Judge Henry W. Hight, Jr., from Judicial District 9, will be in Judicial District 15B during the second half of 2010. (Judicial District 9 includes Franklin, Vance, Warren and Granville Counties.)

Superior Court Judges are attorneys who are elected for each district in non-partisan elections for eight-year terms. Regular superior court judges must reside in the district in which they are elected, but rotate from one district to another within their division.

Special and emergency judges may also be assigned to particular judicial districts by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. The Senior Resident Superior Court Judge has the most seniority of the superior court judges in the district and is responsible for carrying out various administrative duties.

The Superior Court has jurisdiction in both civil and criminal cases. The types of cases that are heard in superior court often require jury trials and deal with various action involving personal injury cases, medical malpractice, contract disputes, and actions in which the amount in controversy exceeds $25,000. There are a few special categories of cases, such as those involving appeals from administrative agencies and constitutional issues, are tried in Superior Court. In criminal cases, the Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all felonies and over misdemeanors appealed from a conviction in District Court.

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