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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.

The District Court judges, and their respective mailing addresses are as follows:

Chief District Court Judge Mailing Address:
The Honorable Brenda Branch
District Court Judges
The Honorable Teresa R. Freeman
The Honorable W. Turner Stephenson, III
The Honorable Vershenia Moody
Trial Court Coordinator
Sheila V. Eley P.O. Box 39
Winton, NC 27986
(252) 358-7080 office
(252) 358-7117 fax
Custody Mediator
Teresa T. Baggett P.O. Box 867
Windsor, NC 27983
(252) 794-6814 office
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