Chief Justice Mark Martin has appointed Judge Amanda "Amy" Wilson as chief district court judge, effective December 1, 2018, for Judicial District 16A (currently covering Anson, Hoke, Richmond and Scotland counties; Anson, Richmond and Scotland counties effective January 1, 2019). Judge Wilson will succeed Chief Judge Scott Brewer upon his retirement.
Chief Justice Martin also has appointed Judge Lee W. Gavin as chief district court judge, effective January 1, 2019, for Judicial District 19B (currently covering Randolph and Montgomery counties; only Randolph County effective January 1, 2019). Judge Gavin will succeed Chief Judge Jayrene R. Maness upon her retirement.
Judge Wilson began serving in Judicial District 20A in 2009. When the districts were redrawn in 2015, she moved to District 16A. Judge Wilson received her undergraduate degree from Wingate College in 1995 and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1999.
Judge Gavin began serving in Judicial District 19B in 1998. He received both his undergraduate degree and his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University. Judge Gavin and his wife, Roberta, have two sons: John, a third-year student at Boston College Law School and Andrew, a senior at Cornell University.