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Chief District Court Judge Biography
The Honorable Charlie Brown Honorable Charlie Brown,
Rowan County
Chief District Court Judge District 19C

Charlie Brown was first elected to the District Court bench in 1998, Brown was appointed Chief District Court Judge by Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake in 2001. In 2012 Brown was elected president of the Conference of Chief District Court Judges.

"My adult life has been dedicated to public service, and I view service as a trial court judge a high honor," Brown said. "Our caseloads are demanding, and the legal issues resolved in the District Court division impact lives and liberty."

As a certified juvenile judge, Brown presides over the six areas of juvenile law. He also presides over criminal, civil and domestic courts. He implemented the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court.

"As a husband and father of three children, I understand the importance of cases in family court," Brown said. The nonprofit group Prevent Child Abuse Rowan honored Brown with the 2009 Kathleen Russo Friend of the Child Award.

He also serves on Rowan County's Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Child Fatality Prevention Review Team and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, as well as the N.C. Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, N.C. Department of Public Safety Juvenile Justice Planning Committee and N.C. Youth Accountability Task Force.

In Rowan County, he supervises nine magistrates, two child custody mediators, the court improvement coordinator, the trial court coordinator and the judicial assistant.

He has attended the National Judicial College and appeared as a guest lecturer at N.C. Judicial College, Pfeiffer University and Livingstone, Catawba and Rowan-Cabarrus Community colleges.

Before serving on the bench, Brown worked for three years as an assistant district attorney in Rowan County. His caseload emphasized the prosecution of habitual felons.

He was the attorney and supervisor for the Rowan County Department of Social Services from 1994-96.

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