Governor Cooper Appoints Jason Coats To Judicial Seat

Serving Harnett, Johnston and Lee Counties

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Jason H. Coats to serve as District Court Judge in Judicial District 11, serving Harnett, Johnston and Lee counties.

“Coats has served the people in the district for years, and I’m confident in his ability to serve as District Court Judge,” said Governor Cooper.

Mr. Coats, 42, of Four Oaks will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert W. Bryant. Since 2004, Coats has been a partner at Wilkins, Wellons & Coats, practicing civil, criminal, and corporate law.

He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Johnston County Bar Association and North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Coats graduated from South Johnston High School in 1995. He received his B.A. from Campbell University and his M.B.A. from Campbell University School of Business in 2000. In 2003, Mr. Coats received his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law.

“I feel honored to receive this appointment,” Coats told JoCoReport.  “I look forward to serving the people of Johnston, Harnett and Lee counties as a District Court Judge.”

Coats is expected to take his judicial oath later this summer giving him time to wind down his law practice.

Jason Coats is the son of Jimmy and Deborah Coats of Four Oaks.  He has one daughter, Caroline, 11. Photo