Article 9.

District Attorneys and Prosecutorial Districts.

§ 7A-60.  District attorneys and prosecutorial districts.

(a)        The State shall be divided into prosecutorial districts, as shown in subsection (a1) of this section. There shall be a district attorney for each prosecutorial district, as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section who shall be a resident of the prosecutorial district for which elected. A vacancy in the office of district attorney shall be filled as provided in Article IV, Sec. 19 of the Constitution.

(a1)      (Effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020) The counties of the State are organized into prosecutorial districts, and each district has the counties and the number of full-time assistant district attorneys set forth in the following table:

                                                                                                                        No. of Full-Time

Prosecutorial                                                                                                      Asst. District

   District                                                         Counties                                        Attorneys

 

 

1                                                    Camden, Chowan, Currituck,                         11

            Dare, Gates, Pasquotank,

            Perquimans

2                                                    Beaufort, Hyde, Martin,                                   8

Tyrrell, Washington

3                                                    Pitt                                                                  12

4                                                    Carteret, Craven, Pamlico                               13

5                                                    Duplin, Jones, Onslow,                                   19

Sampson

6                                                    New Hanover, Pender                                     19

7                                                    Bertie, Halifax, Hertford,                               11

                                                      Northampton

8                                                    Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson                              19

9                                                    Greene, Lenoir, Wayne                                   14

11                                                  Franklin, Granville, Person                             15

            Vance, Warren

10                                                  Wake                                                               42

12                                                  Harnett, Lee                                                    11

13                                                  Johnston                                                          10

14                                                  Cumberland                                                    25

15                                                  Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus                       14

16                                                  Durham                                                           18

17                                                  Alamance                                                        12

18                                                  Orange, Chatham                                            10

19                                                  Scotland, Hoke                                                 7

20                                                  Robeson                                                          12

21                                                  Anson, Richmond                                            6

22                                                  Caswell, Rockingham                                      8

23                                                  Stokes, Surry                                                    8

24                                                  Guilford                                                          34

25                                                  Cabarrus                                                           9

37                                                  Randolph                                                        10

27                                                  Rowan                                                              9

29                                                  Moore                                                               5

28                                                  Montgomery, Stanly                                        6

30                                                  Union                                                              11

31                                                  Forsyth                                                            27

32                                                  Alexander, Iredell                                           12

33                                                  Davidson, Davie                                             12

34                                                  Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes,                                 9

                                                      Yadkin

35                                                  Avery, Madison, Mitchell,                               8

            Watauga, Yancey

36                                                  Burke, Caldwell, Catawba                              19

26                                                  Mecklenburg                                                   58

38                                                  Gaston                                                             15

39                                                  Cleveland,                                                       12

            Lincoln

40                                                  Buncombe                                                       14

41                                                  McDowell, Rutherford                                     8

42                                                  Henderson, Polk, Transylvania                         9

43                                                  Cherokee, Clay, Graham,                               12

            Haywood, Jackson, Macon,

            Swain.

(a1)      (Effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022) The counties of the State are organized into prosecutorial districts, and each district has the counties and the number of full-time assistant district attorneys set forth in the following table:

 

                                                                                                                        No. of Full-Time

Prosecutorial                                                                                                      Asst. District

District                                                      Counties                                        Attorneys

1                                                    Camden, Chowan, Currituck,                         11

            Dare, Gates, Pasquotank,

            Perquimans

2                                                    Beaufort, Hyde, Martin,                                   8

            Tyrrell, Washington

3                                                    Pitt                                                                  12

4                                                    Carteret, Craven, Pamlico                               13

5                                                    Duplin, Jones, Onslow,                                   19

            Sampson

6                                                    New Hanover, Pender                                     19

7                                                    Bertie, Halifax, Hertford,                               11

            Northampton

8                                                    Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson                              19

9                                                    Greene, Lenoir, Wayne                                   14

11                                                  Franklin, Granville, Person                             15

            Vance, Warren

10                                                  Wake                                                               42

12                                                  Harnett, Lee                                                    11

13                                                  Johnston                                                          10

14                                                  Cumberland                                                    25

15                                                  Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus                       14

16                                                  Durham                                                           18

17                                                  Alamance                                                        12

18                                                  Orange, Chatham                                            10

20                                                  Robeson                                                          12

21                                                  Anson, Richmond, Scotland                            9

22                                                  Caswell, Rockingham                                      8

23                                                  Stokes, Surry                                                    8

24                                                  Guilford                                                          34

25                                                  Cabarrus                                                           9

37                                                  Randolph                                                        10

27                                                  Rowan                                                              9

29                                                  Hoke, Moore                                                    9

28                                                  Montgomery, Stanly                                        6

30                                                  Union                                                              11

31                                                  Forsyth                                                            27

32                                                  Alexander, Iredell                                           12

33                                                  Davidson, Davie                                             12

34                                                  Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes,                                 9

            Yadkin

35                                                  Avery, Madison, Mitchell,                               8

            Watauga, Yancey

36                                                  Burke, Caldwell, Catawba                              19

26                                                  Mecklenburg                                                   58

38                                                  Gaston                                                             15

39                                                  Cleveland,                                                       12

            Lincoln

40                                                  Buncombe                                                       14

41                                                  McDowell, Rutherford                                     8

42                                                  Henderson, Polk, Transylvania                         9

43                                                  Cherokee, Clay, Graham,                               12

            Haywood, Jackson, Macon,

            Swain.

 

(a1)      (Effective January 1, 2023) The counties of the State are organized into prosecutorial districts, and each district has the counties and the number of full-time assistant district attorneys set forth in the following table:

                                                                                                                        No. of Full-Time

Prosecutorial                                                                                                      Asst. District

District                                                      Counties                                        Attorneys

1                                                    Camden, Chowan, Currituck,                         11

            Dare, Gates, Pasquotank,

            Perquimans

2                                                    Beaufort, Hyde, Martin,                                   8

            Tyrrell, Washington

3                                                    Pitt                                                                  12

4                                                    Carteret, Craven, Pamlico                               13

5                                                    Duplin, Jones, Onslow,                                   19

            Sampson

6                                                    New Hanover, Pender                                     19

7                                                    Bertie, Halifax, Hertford,                               11

            Northampton

8                                                    Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson                              19

9                                                    Greene, Lenoir, Wayne                                   14

11                                                  Franklin, Granville, Person                             15

            Vance, Warren

10                                                  Wake                                                               42

12                                                  Harnett, Lee                                                    11

13                                                  Johnston                                                          10

14                                                  Cumberland                                                    25

15                                                  Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus                       14

16                                                  Durham                                                           18

17                                                  Alamance                                                        12

18                                                  Orange, Chatham                                            10

20                                                  Robeson                                                          12

21                                                  Anson, Richmond, Scotland                            9

22                                                  Caswell, Rockingham                                      8

23                                                  Stokes, Surry                                                    8

24                                                  Guilford                                                          34

25                                                  Cabarrus                                                           9

37                                                  Randolph                                                        10

27                                                  Rowan                                                              9

29                                                  Hoke, Moore                                                    9

28                                                  Montgomery, Stanly                                        6

30                                                  Union                                                              11

31                                                  Forsyth                                                            27

32                                                  Alexander, Iredell                                           12

33                                                  Davidson, Davie                                             12

34                                                  Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes,                                 9

            Yadkin

35                                                  Avery, Madison, Mitchell,                               8

            Watauga, Yancey

36                                                  Burke, Caldwell                                               9

26                                                  Mecklenburg                                                   58

38                                                  Gaston                                                             15

39                                                  Cleveland,                                                       12

            Lincoln

40                                                  Buncombe                                                       14

41                                                  McDowell, Rutherford                                     8

42                                                  Henderson, Polk, Transylvania                         9

43                                                  Cherokee, Clay, Graham,                               12

            Haywood, Jackson, Macon,   

            Swain.

44                                                  Catawba                                                          10

(a2)      Repealed by Session Laws 2017-57, s. 18B.9(f), effective June 28, 2017.

(b)        Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, each district attorney for a prosecutorial district as defined in subsection (a1) of this section, other than District 19B, who is in office on December 31, 1988, shall continue in office for that prosecutorial district, for a term expiring December 31, 1990. In the general election of 1990, and every four years thereafter, a district attorney shall be elected for a four-year term for each prosecutorial district other than Districts 16A and 19B, and shall take office on the January 1 following such election. The district attorney for Prosecutorial District 19B, who is elected in the general election of 1988 for a four-year term beginning January 1, 1989, shall serve that term for Prosecutorial District 19B. In the general election of 1992, and every four years thereafter, a district attorney shall be elected for a four-year term for Prosecutorial Districts 16A and 19B and shall take office on the January 1 following such election.

(c)        The office and term of the district attorney for Prosecutorial District 12 formerly consisting of Cumberland and Hoke Counties are allocated to Prosecutorial District 12 as defined by subsection (a1) of this section. The office and the term of the district attorney for former Prosecutorial District 16 consisting of Robeson and Scotland Counties are allocated to Prosecutorial District 16B as defined by subsection (a1) of this section. The initial district attorney for Prosecutorial District 16A as defined in subsection (a1) of this section shall be elected in the general election of November 1988, from nominations made in accordance with G.S. 163-114 as if a vacancy had occurred in nomination, and shall serve an initial term expiring December 31, 1992. In all other respects, subsection (b) of this section shall apply to the district attorneys for Prosecutorial Districts 12, 16A, and 16B to the same extent as all other district attorneys.  (1967, c. 1049, s. 1; 1975, c. 956, s. 4; 1977, c. 1130, s. 3; 1977, 2nd Sess., c. 1238, s. 2; 1981, c. 964, ss. 2, 3; 1987, c. 509, ss. 4, 5; c. 738, s. 127(a); 1987 (Reg. Sess., 1988), c. 1056, s. 1; c. 1086, s. 111; 1989, c. 770, ss. 1, 56; c. 795, s. 24(a), (e); 1991, c. 742, s. 13; 1991 (Reg. Sess., 1992), c. 900, s. 120(a), (b); 1993, c. 321, ss. 200.4(l), 200.7(a), (b); 1995, c. 507, s. 21.7; 1995 (Reg. Sess., 1996), c. 589, s. 3(a); 1996, 2nd Ex. Sess., c. 18, s. 22(a); 1997-443, s. 18.11(a); 1998-212, s. 16.20(a); 1999-237, s. 17.8(a); 2004-124, s. 14.6(h); 2005-276, s. 14.2(l); 2006-66, ss. 14.3(a), 14.19(a); 2007-323, ss. 14.14(a), (b), 14.25(j); 2008-107, s. 14.6; 2009-451, s. 15.17E(a); 2012-194, s. 1(b); 2013-360, s. 18B.22(k); 2014-100, s. 18B.7(a); 2017-6, s. 3; 2017-57, ss. 18B.9(e), (f), (h), (i); 2017-197, ss. 5.6(a)-(c); 2018-5, s. 18B.6; 2018-114, ss. 24(a), (b); 2018-121, ss. 3(a), 7; 2018-146, ss. 3.1(a), (b), 6.1.)