Hats Off to Newly Certified Magistrates

Begin reading this post by standing up.

Remain standing if you have worked in a position that has required you to interact directly and regularly with members of the public during the pandemic. Otherwise, sit down.

Remain standing if this job has required you and your colleagues to (1) apply changing guidance from the state and federal governments regarding residential evictions, (2) perform marriages, (3) stay abreast of changes in criminal law and procedure, and (4) regularly work nights and weekends. Otherwise, sit down.

Remain standing if, while performing all these functions during a pandemic, you also completed a professional certification program.  Otherwise, sit down.

Still standing? We know who you are, and hats off to you!

Last year, seven North Carolina magistrates completed the Judicial College’s Magistrate Certification Program. The program launched in the spring of 2020, so these are the inaugural group of magistrates to earn this recognition. To be certified, each magistrate had to satisfactorily complete five course components specifically designed by Judicial College faculty as advanced training in the duties and responsibilities of the office of magistrate.

Without further ado (and with a drum-roll), here are the certified magistrates:

Certification in Small Claims Law

  • Clare Brock – Jones County
  • Steven Crall – Pender County
  • Doris Harris – Jones County
  • Kimberly McCauley – Pitt County
  • Cynthia Pitchford – Halifax County
  • Wanda Moore – Mecklenburg County

Certification in Criminal Law

  • Clare Brock – Jones County
  • Millicent Duprey – Dare County
  • Wanda Moore – Mecklenburg County

If you know one of these dedicated public servants, please share your congratulations.