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Governor to receive nominees for new District Court Judge for Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus Counties

Allen Johnson

This Thursday up to five nominations will be made for a new District Court Judge for Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus Counties according to Allen M. Johnson, the President of the 13th Judicial District.

Judge Marion Warren recently announced he will be running for the N.C. Court of Appeals leaving the District Court Judge seat Warren has held since 2000 open for someone new.

Nominations for the Judge’s seat were submitted to the President of the 13th Judicial District, Allen Johnson and the open nomination period ended Saturday, November 14th at 5 pm. The bar of the judicial district will meet Thursday, November 19th at the Bladen County Courthouse.

According to North Carolina Statue 7A-142, “A vacancy in the office of the district judge shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of the Governor. The bar of the judicial district, as defined in G.S. 84-19, shall nominate five persons who are residents of the judicial district who are duly authorized to practice law in the district for consideration by the Governor. The nominees shall be selected by vote of only those bar members who reside in the district.”

Thus far, has confirmed Attorney Jason C. Disbrow has been nominated for the position. Disbrow is a defense attorney in Southport, NC.

After the meeting on Thursday with the bar of the judicial district, Johnson will make the nominations for the District Court Judge known to Governor Pat McCory. McCory does not have to appoint a nominee according to Johnson, however, the governor does take the bar’s opinions into consideration when selecting the new District Court Judge.

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