When the time approaches to vote for District Court judges, I usually think first about the court I have practiced in for the last 30 years, and that is Juvenile Court, which is concerned with abused, neglected and dependent children.
The North Carolina juvenile code is technical and complex, and these cases can be very different from traditional family law cases. It normally takes judges years to learn this law and to become comfortable in juvenile court. Juvenile court traditionally does not receive much media attention, but presiding over hearings in that court is one of the most important District Court functions. Decisions made in juvenile court have a significant impact on the individual lives of parents, children, foster parents, relative caretakers and the community as a whole. It is important to have experienced, caring attorneys to serve as juvenile court judges.
Nancy Ray has served this court as an attorney in many different aspects over the last decade. She has represented the best interests of parents and children. She has volunteered her time, energy and expertise as a guardian ad litem for children in need. Her insight assists the court in its decision-making. Having a judge who can take the bench with more than a decade’s worth of experience in juvenile court as an attorney and an advocate would be a tremendous advantage to Pitt County. It is important to have a judge to hear juvenile cases who has made that court a priority and has a long history of protecting and promoting children’s needs and interests.
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