Judge Tobias (Toby) Hampson became the newest member of the North Carolina Court of Appeals today, Jan. 11, after taking the oath of office at a ceremony held at the Court of Appeals in Raleigh. Chief Judge Linda McGee presided over the special court session and administered the oath to Judge Hampson.
Accompanying Judge Hampson in the ceremony were his wife, Kristin Hampson, and their three children. N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts Director Judge Marion R. Warren and current and former members of the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court were in attendance.
Judge Hampson received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law and served as a law clerk at the N.C. Court of Appeals from 2002-2004 for Judges K. Edward Greene, Wanda Bryant and Robert C. Hunter. Previously, he was in private practice at the Raleigh firm of Wyrick, Robbins, Yates and Ponton where he led the firm’s Appellate Practice group. Judge Hampson joins one other new member of the Court Appeals who will take an oath of office the following week.
The Court of Appeals is the state's intermediate appellate court. The court has 15 judges who serve eight-year terms and hear cases in panels of three. The court is led by a Chief Judge who is appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeals decides only questions of law in cases appealed from superior and district courts and from some administrative agencies of the Executive Branch.