Craig James Sworn In As District Court Judge

District Court Judge Craig James (right) was sworn in April 29, 2022 by retired District Court Judge Addie Rawls (left). Contributed Photo

SMITHFIELD – Judge Craig James was sworn in April 29th at the Johnston County Courthouse in a special Ceremonial Session of District Court presided over by Chief District Court Judge Paul Holcombe.

Judge James was sworn in by Retired Judge Addie Harris Rawls before family, friends and members of the bar from Johnston, Harnett and Lee Counties. James will fill out the unexpired term of Judge Rawls who retired January 31, 2022. The term ends in 2022 and is up for reelection this November.

Judge James will have to file for election during the present election cycle. As a registered unaffiliated he has to collect nearly 6,000 signatures to be placed on the November Ballot. James and his supporters will have a booth during the Ham & Yam Festival in Downtown Smithfield on Saturday, May 7 to collect signatures.

Gov. Cooper appointed James to the District 11 seat in April. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University.