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Local trial court judges in district and superior courts have a major impact on our communities, especially with regard to how they hear and sentence cases involving juveniles, drug arrests, and people of color. The ground level of NC's judicial system is the district courts, with judges elected for four-year terms by the districts they serve. There are 43 districts across the state, each serving one or two counties. These courts hear civil cases (disputes over money, personal injury, divorce, child custody, adoptions) involving less than $25,000 and criminal misdemeanors. District Court also oversees juvenile court and the magistrates, who handle things like small claims and evictions. Superior Court, with judges elected to eight-year terms by the districts they serve, handles felonies and larger civil cases. The N.C. Business Court is also under its purview.

Mecklenburg, Wake, New Hanover and Pender counties are affected for the first time by a new law that changes how they elect their district and/or superior court judges. Confusing? Yep, that's the point. Read more at Longleaf Politics.

We don't have room to list all the local judicial candidates, but you can find out who's running in your districts and see candidate bios and brief Q&As (when available) at Vote411. Start by entering your address in the left box. Once you know who's running, you can check the candidate websites for more information. Some county election guides are available for download here. Remember that there were no party primaries for judges this year (thanks to the NCGA), so there may be two candidates running from the same party.

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