Johnston County Magistrate Stephen A. Wood of Benson was honored Monday for 20 years of service to the State of North Carolina and its Judicial Branch of Government.
Prior to serving as a magistrate, Wood was a probation officer in Lee and Johnston Counties.
Magistrates are judicial officers of District Court and handle certain criminal and civil matters. Their appointments are for an initial two-year term and subsequent four-year-terms by the senior resident Superior Court judge. They are nominated by the Clerk of Superior Court. The Chief District Court judge sets their work schedules.