The Pitt County Bar Association delivered a resolution to House lawmakers Monday opposing Rep. Justin Burr’s (R-Stanly, Montgomery) plan to redraw judicial and prosecutorial districts.
Rep. Billy Richardson (D-Cumberland) tweeted out the resolution, which was passed Thursday. It states that House Bill 717, the judicial redistricting measure, would be unfair to voters in one district, who would get to elect three judges, and voters in another district, who would only get to elect two judges.
The resolution states that splitting Pitt County into judicial districts is unfair because all District and Superior Court judges hear and decide cases from all citizens in Pitt County.
“The Pitt County Bar Association adopts the North Carolina Bar Association’s position that any redistricting of judicial districts should be based upon an open and robust process that includes input from the Administrative Office of the Courts, judges, district attorneys, members of the bar, and other members of the judicial system, so that the result increases the efficiency and access to justice, and enhances trust and confidence in our legal system on the part of the citizens of our state,” it states.
The House judicial redistricting committee meets for the first time today at 1 p.m. in room 544 of the Legislative Office Building.