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 through December 31, 2026) 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,                                   12

Dare, Gates, Pasquotank,

Perquimans

2                Beaufort, Hyde, Martin,                                             8

Tyrrell, Washington

3                Pitt                                                                             14

4                Carteret, Craven, Pamlico                                        14

5                Duplin, Jones, Onslow,                                             20

Sampson

6                New Hanover, Pender                                               20

7                Bertie, Halifax, Hertford,                                          11

Northampton

8                Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson                                       21

9                Greene, Lenoir, Wayne                                             16

10              Wake                                                                         43

11              Franklin, Granville, Person                                       17

Vance, Warren

12              Harnett, Lee                                                              12

13              Johnston                                                                    13

14              Cumberland                                                              25

15              Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus                                 15

16              Durham                                                                     18

17              Alamance                                                                  12

18              Orange, Chatham                                                      10

20              Robeson                                                                    13

21              Anson, Richmond, Scotland                                     11

22              Caswell, Rockingham                                                9

23              Stokes, Surry                                                              8

24              Guilford                                                                    39

25              Cabarrus                                                                    10

26              Mecklenburg                                                             58

27              Rowan                                                                        9

28              Montgomery, Stanly                                                  6

29              Hoke, Moore                                                              9

30              Union                                                                        11

31              Forsyth                                                                      27

32              Alexander, Iredell                                                     14

33              Davidson, Davie                                                       13

34              Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes,                                          9

Yadkin

35              Avery, Madison, Mitchell,                                         8

Watauga, Yancey

36              Burke, Caldwell, Catawba                                        21

37              Randolph                                                                   10

38              Gaston                                                                       18

39              Cleveland,                                                                 13

Lincoln

40              Buncombe                                                                 14

41              McDowell, Rutherford                                              8

42              Henderson, Polk, Transylvania                                 10

43              Cherokee, Clay, Graham,                                         14

Haywood, Jackson, Macon,

Swain.

(a1)      (Effective January 1, 2027) 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,                                   12

Dare, Gates, Pasquotank,

Perquimans

2                Beaufort, Hyde, Martin,                                             8

Tyrrell, Washington

3                Pitt                                                                             14

4                Carteret, Craven, Pamlico                                        14

5                Duplin, Jones, Onslow,                                             20

Sampson

6                New Hanover, Pender                                               20

7                Bertie, Halifax, Hertford,                                          11

Northampton

8                Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson                                       21

9                Greene, Lenoir, Wayne                                             16

10              Wake                                                                         43

11              Franklin, Granville, Person                                       17

Vance, Warren

12              Harnett, Lee                                                              12

13              Johnston                                                                    13

14              Cumberland                                                              25

15              Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus                                 15

16              Durham                                                                     18

17              Alamance                                                                  12

18              Orange, Chatham                                                      10

20              Robeson                                                                    13

21              Anson, Richmond, Scotland                                     11

22              Caswell, Rockingham                                                9

23              Stokes, Surry                                                              8

24              Guilford                                                                    39

25              Cabarrus                                                                    10

26              Mecklenburg                                                             58

27              Rowan                                                                        9

28              Montgomery, Stanly                                                  6

29              Hoke, Moore                                                              9

30              Union                                                                        11

31              Forsyth                                                                      27

32              Alexander, Iredell                                                     14

33              Davidson, Davie                                                       13

34              Alleghany, Ashe, Wilkes,                                          9

Yadkin

35              Avery, Madison, Mitchell,                                         8

Watauga, Yancey

36              Burke, Caldwell                                                        10

37              Randolph                                                                   10

38              Gaston                                                                       18

39              Cleveland,                                                                 13

Lincoln

40              Buncombe                                                                 14

41              McDowell, Rutherford                                              8

42              Henderson, Polk, Transylvania                                 10

43              Cherokee, Clay, Graham,                                         14

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, s. 18B.9(e), (f), (h), (i); 2017-197, s. 5.6(a)-(c); 2018-5, s. 18B.6; 2018-114, s. 24(a), (b); 2018-121, ss. 3(a), 7; 2018-146, ss. 3.1(a), (b), 6.1; 2019-229, s. 1(a)-(c); 2021-91, s. 13(b); 2021-180, s. 16.8(a).)