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What is the Cumberland County Superior Court?

North Carolina's superior courts are the general jurisdiction trial courts for the state.  North Carolina has a unified court system referred to as the General Court of Justice. North Carolina's superior courts are the general jurisdiction trial courts for the state. North Carolina has a unified court system referred to as the General Court of Justice. Superior Courts and District Courts comprise the trial court division, and the appellate division is composed of the Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Superior Courts have general jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases, but the Superior Courts generally handle cases which are more complex in nature and which are beyond the jurisdiction of District Courts. District Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases.

North Carolina’s 100 counties are grouped into superior court districts. Each district has at least one senior resident superior court judge who has certain administrative responsibilities for that judge’s home district. Resident superior court judges are elected for eight-year terms. 

The superior court districts are grouped into divisions for the rotation of superior court judges. Within each division, resident superior court judges are required to rotate among the superior court districts and hold court for at least six months in the assigned superior court district, then move on to their next assignment.  Assignments of all superior court judges are made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with the aid of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

As stated, the Superior Court is a court of general jurisdiction which means that all types of cases both civil and criminal, are heard by judges who preside in this court. The Judges of the Superior Court preside over civil cases of all kinds including, among others, personal injury, medical malpractice,  administrative appeals as well as felony criminal cases and appeals of misdemeanor or infraction cases from the District Courts.

Superior Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, and generally handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of District Courts. Criminal cases heard by Superior Courts include all felonies, some misdemeanors and lesser-included offenses where included with the greater charge or where there has been an appeal from the District Court.

Civil cases heard by Superior Courts include general civil claims with more than $10,000 in dispute, exclusive of interest and costs. Superior Courts also handle cases without financial thresholds, such as certain types of injunctions and requests for declaratory relief, constitutional rights, eminent domain, most administrative agency decisions, and certain complex business issues.


How many judges currently serve on the Cumberland County Superior Court?
There are currently four Superior judges who serve as the judges for the Cumberland County Superior Court.  The Cumberland County Superior Courts are separated into “Districts” for purposes of the election of Superior Court Judges.  These electoral districts, are 12A, which has one judicial position assigned to it; 12B which has one judicial position assigned to it; and 12C, which has two judges who are elected from 12C.


What does the Cumberland County Superior Court do?

The  Judges of the Superior Court preside over both civil cases where the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000.00 (including administrative appeals regardless of the amount in controversy) and criminal cases .  As stated, the Superior Court is a court of general jurisdiction which means that all types of cases both civil and criminal, are heard by judges who preside in this court. The Judges of the Superior Court preside over civil cases of all kinds including personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate disputes, administrative appeals and felony criminal cases as well as appeals of misdemeanor or infraction cases from the District Courts.  Superior Courts have general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, and generally handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of District Courts. 

Criminal cases heard by Superior Courts include all felonies, some misdemeanors and lesser-included offenses.   Civil cases heard by Superior Courts include general civil claims with more than $10,000 in dispute, exclusive of interest and costs. Superior Courts also handle cases without financial thresholds, such as certain types of injunctions and requests for declaratory relief, constitutional rights, eminent domain, most administrative agency decisions, and complex business issues.  



Why should the average Cumberland County resident care about the election of the Cumberland County Superior Court judges?

The Superior Court holds a special place in the administration of justice for all citizens. The acts and decisions of the Cumberland County Superior Court affect the lives of the citizens in Cumberland County in many varied and far-reaching ways.  The election of the Superior Court judges is of great importance and a matter for our concern and attention.

The Superior Court serves the people of Cumberland County and the State of North Carolina as the Court of General Jurisdiction.  It is the place where “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” is evidenced in its jury trials in criminal and civil cases and even in its non-jury functions.  Jury trials provide the opportunity for the people to decide verdicts on critical factual issues, including guilt or innocence in cases, and the Superior Court Judge has the duty to enter judgments based on those findings.

In addition to entering civil judgments and imposing sentences in cases for criminals who are convicted or plead to guilty to the commission of crime, Superior Court judges are often called upon to interpret the acts of the General Assembly and review actions by the state and local governments, for legality, consistency, and fairness.  Before any appellate court can decide constitutional issues, those constitutional matters must be fully presented to the trial court so that the court can first decide the constitutional issue and whether a law as enacted or as applied is permissible under the constitutional.

Clearly, for our citizens, Superior Court decisions can dramatically affect daily life.  We are all concerned about North Carolina's fundamental values and North Carolina’s future -  for our families, employees and employers. That's why we commit our time and resources to electing county commissioners, city or town council members, legislators and a governor and lieutenant governor as well as members of the Council of State who understand our concerns.  We must remember that the interpretation and application of the laws and ordinances that these representative bodies pass represent an important duty and responsibility of the Superior Court judges. Those duties and responsibilities make it equally important that we make the same serious commitment to elect Superior Court judges with the values, the capacity, the knowledge, the philosophy and the experience to fulfill these responsibilities.

Why vote for Ronnie Mitchell for Superior Court Judge?

Ronnie Mitchell has the values, the capacity, the knowledge, the philosophy, the creativity, and the experience to fulfill the duties and  responsibilities as a Superior Court Judge.  He is extremely well qualified and willing to serve as a Superior Court Judge.  He has exceptional ability , the experience and innovation to bring excellence to our courts!

Experienced
- Ronnie Mitchell has tremendous civil litigation experience representing clients in state and federal courts in a wide range of areas, including business litigation, declaratory judgment, labor and employment matters, contract disputes, personal injury cases, eminent domain, complex and multi-district litigation, and civil rights cases. Ronnie Mitchell has handled a vast number of criminal cases, including the trials of a number of  high-profile serious violent felony cases including murder, drug offenses, conspiracy and armed robbery cases, among others, in the Superior Court. Throughout his extensive career, Ronnie Mitchell has been recognized as an innovator in using new techniques and technologies for effective advocacy and more efficient disposition of cases. Ronnie Mitchell’s broad and balanced experience and innovative ideas have prepared him well to handle a mixed docket of civil and criminal cases as a Superior Court judge.

Committed -   Ronnie Mitchell is committed to providing every person who comes before the Court a fair trial, a full and fair opportunity to be heard and to ensuring that each person, regardless of race, class or socio-economic status, is treated with respect and fairness.  He is also  committed to upholding the laws of the State of North Carolina in an efficient manner to facilitate an effective, efficient, speedy resolution of cases for litigants, victims and defendants alike.

Concerned -   Ronnie Mitchell has a deep and abiding concern for our community and for the rule of law. As a committed Christian, he is deeply concerned for every person affected by the Superior Court’s duties, responsibilities and decisions.  He deeply devoted to helping to create and to maintain a community where we are all safe and where we can all be secure.

Ronnie Mitchell has received the highest rating by the respected Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, North Carolina Super Lawyers,  North Carolina’s Top Attorneys, and he has received many other professional recognitions.

Ronnie Mitchell is a person of exceptional ability, experience and innovation, who will bring excellence to our Superior Court!

 
 

 

 
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Torrey M. Johnson, Chairman | Phyllis Williams, Treasurer | Coy E. Brewer, Director
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