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Appointment, Operation, and Jurisdiction of Magistrates

The General Assembly of North Carolina establishes the number of Magistrates for each county. For an individual to qualify for the Office of Magistrate they must apply in the county in which they reside. The individual shall have a four-year degree from an accredited senior institution of higher education or have a two-year associate degree and four years of work experience in a related field. In appointing Magistrates, the Clerks of Superior Court in each county is responsible for submitting names to the Resident Superior Court Judge in each Judicial District for nomination. The Resident Superior Court Judge then appoints the number of Magistrates assigned to each county for an initial two-year term and subsequent four-year terms. The same procedure is followed whether for initial appointment, for reappointment or for a vacancy that occurs in an unexpired term. In order to be eligible for re-nomination as a Magistrate, an individual must complete a course of Basic Training for Magistrates held by the Institute of Government. For the day to day operations of schedule, policy or procedures, the Magistrates work under the supervision of the Chief District Court Judge.


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