Paul A. Holcombe, a District Court Judge in the Eleventh Judicial District covering Johnston, Harnett and Lee counties, has been appointed by N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark D. Martin to the newly created N.C. Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice (NCCALJ). Judge Holcombe will serve on the full commission and the Criminal Investigation and Adjudication subcommittee.
The commission membership is composed of key stakeholders within the justice system as well as leaders in the private and public sectors. The multidisciplinary commission will undertake a comprehensive evaluation of North Carolina’s justice system and make recommendations for strengthening the court system within the existing administrative framework. The commission will finalize its findings and recommendations in a series of reports that will be presented to the Chief Justice and made available to the public in early 2017.
“These respected and innovative leaders will provide the direction necessary in this era of change, ensuring that the justice system works for all,” Chief Justice Martin said. “They bring with them decades of experience in the state and federal judiciaries, business and nonprofit communities, legal education, and private practice.”
Judge Holcombe was elected as a District Court Judge in 2008, and ran unopposed for reelection in 2012. He presides over criminal courts (Probable Cause, Misdemeanor, Traffic and Domestic Violence) and civil courts (Domestic, DSS, Juvenile Delinquency and Mental Health) on a rotating basis in all three counties that comprise the Eleventh Judicial District. Prior to his election to the District Court he served as a prosecutor in two separate prosecutorial districts in North Carolina and one in Tennessee. He was recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law from 2005 to 2010, and has been a Certified Juvenile Judge through the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) since 2010.
Judge Holcombe has been married to Deanne Holcombe since 1994. His wife serves as a media specialist for the Johnston County school system. They reside in Clayton with their two daughters.