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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.

Five District Court Judges are regularly assigned to First Judicial District. The District Court judges, and their respective mailing addresses are as follows:

District Court Judge's Office for the First Judicial District

Mailing/Physical Address:
206 E. Main Street (27909)
P.O. Box 366
Elizabeth City, NC 27907-0366

Phone (for all judges): 252-331-4500
Fax (for all judges): 252-331-4684

Judges Mailing Address
The Honorable Edgar L. Barnes 159 Fearing Place North
  Chief District Court Judge Manteo, NC 27954
The Honorable Meader W. Harriss, III P.O. Box 1176
  District Court Judge Edenton, NC 27932
The Honorable Amber Davis P.O. Box 1761
  District Court Judge Manteo, NC 27954
The Honorable Eula E. Reid P.O. Drawer 366
  District Court Judge Elizabeth City, NC 27907
The Honorable Robert P. Trivette P.O. Box 1761
  District Court Judge Manteo, NC 27954
Marie Corbett 252-331-4500 (office)
  District Court Trial Coordinator
Lisa A. Sawyer, 252-331-4507 (office)
  Judicial Assistant/Arbitration Coordinator
Deborah James, 252-340-3752 (office)
  Custody Mediator
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