Portrait Honors Retired Chief District Court Judge

Retired Chief District Court Judge Andy Corbett stands next to a portrait unveiled in his honor Thursday at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield. The portrait will be placed in the Historic Superior Courtroom.

The Historic Superior Courtroom in the Johnston County Courthouse was filled Thursday afternoon with family, friends and former colleagues of retired Chief District Court Judge Albert “Andy” Corbett Jr. for a special ceremony.

A portrait of Judge Corbett was unveiled and hung on the wall of the Superior Courtroom during the 3:00PM ceremony.

“As a young attorney, I never considered that my portrait would be displayed in the Johnston County Courthouse,” Corbett said afterwards. “I am very grateful to all those who made this possible and I am humbled by such a great honor.”

Judge Corbett was elected in 1990 as a District Court Judge and served for 24 years. For 13 of those years, he served as the Chief District Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial District, comprised of Johnston, Harnett and Lee Counties. Judge Corbett retired in 2014.

Prior to his election to the bench in 1990, Corbett served as a local attorney and was the attorney for the Johnston County Board of Education for 20 years.