Portrait Unveiling Thursday For Retired Chief District Court Judge

A ceremony will take place this Thursday, September 19th at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield to honor retired Chief District Court Judge Albert A. “Andy” Corbett Jr.

Corbett was elected in 1990 as District Court Judge and served for 24 years and 1 month. For 13 of those years, he served as the Chief District Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial District, serving the people of Johnston, Harnett and Lee Counties.

In August 2019, Johnston County Commissioners adopted a resolution allowing the placement of a portrait in the Johnston County Courthouse in honor of the retired Chief District Court Judge.  During the ceremony honoring Judge Corbett, a portrait will be unveiled then placed in the Historic Superior Courtroom.

The ceremony begins at 3:00PM on Sept. 19th and is open to the public.

Corbett graduated from Wilson’s Mills High School in 1962 and completed his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University, graduating in 1966. He was admitted to the Wake Forest University Law School that same year. He graduated in 1969. Mr. Corbett began his legal career in Smithfield where he built a general law practice and earned a reputation as a tenacious lawyer.  He served as attorney for the Johnston County Board of Education for 20 years before being elected to the bench in 1990.