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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. Generally, the District Court is the proper division for cases involving amounts in controversy of $10,000 or less. 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.

Onslow County is one of four counties in North Carolina's Fourth Judicial District, along with Sampson County, Duplin County and Jones County. Eight District Court Judges are regularly assigned to hold court within this district.

Our district court judges, their respective counties of residence, and brief biographical information is as follows:

The Honorable Leonard W. Thagard , Chief District Court Judge, Sampson County

Judge Thagard was appointed to the bench in 1987, and was elected to four year terms in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Thagard was in private practice and was an assistant district attorney from 1980 until 1987. Judge Thagard currently serves as the Chief District Court Judge.

The Honorable James L. Moore, Jr. , Onslow County

Judge Moore was appointed to the bench in 2006. He received his undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from Campbell University. Prior to serving on the bench, he was in private practice in Onslow County from 1985 until 2006.

The Honorable Paul H. Hardison , Onslow County

Judge Hardison was elected to the bench in 1990, and was thereafter re-elected to four year terms in 1994, 1998 and 2002. He received his undergraduate degree and his law degree from North Carolina Central University. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Hardison was in private practice in Onslow County from 1984 until 1990 and was elected to the Onslow Count Board of Education.

The Honorable W. M. "Mac" Cameron, III , Onslow County

Judge Cameron was appointed to the bench in 1994, and was elected to four year terms in 1996, 2000 and 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and his law degree from the Campbell University. Prior to serving on the bench, he was in private practice in Onslow County from 1980 until 1994. Judge Cameron's father, Bill Cameron, was also a local attorney who served on the District Court bench for ten years.

The Honorable Louis F. Foy, Jr. , Jones County

Judge Foy was appointed to the bench in 1995, and was elected to four year terms in 1996, 2000 and 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. Prior to serving on the bench, he was in private practice in Jones County from 1973 until 1995. Judge Foy recently retired as a Colonel in the North Carolina Army National Guard.

The Honorable Sarah C. Seaton , Onslow County

Judge Seaton was appointed to the bench in 1999, and was elected to a four year term in 2002. She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and her law degree from the Campbell University. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Seaton served as an assistant district attorney in Onslow County from 1986 until 1999. Judge Seaton's father, Robert Cowan, was appointed by John F. Kennedy as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina in 1960.

The Honorable Carol Wilson Jones , Duplin County

Judge Jones was elected to the bench for four year terms in 2000 and 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her law degree from North Carolina Central University. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Jones was an assistant district attorney from 1994 until 2000.

The Honorable Henry L. Stevens, IV , Duplin County

Judge Stevens was first appointed to the bench in 1999, was again appointed to a newly created district court judge position in 2000, and was elected to a four year term in 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his law degree from Regent University School of Law. Prior to serving on the bench, he was an assistant district attorney from 1997 until 1999. Judge Stevens served in combat as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps in Desert Storm, and was again called upon in 2003 to serve on active duty in Iraq as a member of the N.C. National Guard.

For additional information, or to direct correspondence, you may contact:

Robin Bright
Onslow County Courthouse
625 Court Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Telephone: (910) 455-4458 ext. 239
Fax: (910) 455-6710

Jennifer Harrell
District Court Judges Office
Sampson County Courthouse
101 East Main Street
Clinton, NC 28328
Telephone: (910) 592-7419
Fax: (910) 592-4258
 
 
 
   
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