UPDATE! – New Wake County Trial Court Administrator:
Effective September 1, 2011, Wake County has a newly appointed Trial Court Administrator. To learn more, you should click here.
PLUS, the new Wake County Local Rules, effective January 7, 2013, are here.
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Wake County Trial Court Administrator and Superior Court Judges back on the 10th Floor
The Wake County Superior Court Judges' Offices and the Wake County Trial Court Administrators Office have moved back to the recently renovated 10th floor of the Wake County Courthouse.
North Carolina's first Trial Court Administrator recently retired
Sallie Kearns was the first Trial Court Administrator (“TCA”), not just in Wake County, but in all of North Carolina. Ms. Kearns recently retired, and her career was celebrated at a wonderful reception and a special term of Superior Court at which Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens presided. Judge Stephens and several other Superior Court Judges spoke glowingly about Ms. Kearns and her long and distinguished career. At one point, in tribute to Ms. Kearns, Judge Stephens noted that Ms. Kearns was the one who wrote the Wake County Local Rules; he just signed them.
Lisa Tucker and Michelle Bailey now handling TCA's responsibilities
Since Ms. Kearns' retirement, the Wake County Trial Court Administrator's responsibilities have been shared between Trial Court Coordinators Michelle Bailey and Lisa Tucker. Ms. Tucker is now the acting TCA, but she and Ms. Bailey continue to share the duties of the office. To schedule a hearing, or to address a calendaring issue or some other administrative question about cases pending before the Wake County Superior Court, you can contact either Ms. Bailey or Ms. Tucker at the Wake County Trial Court Administrator's Office at (919) 792-4775. The fax number is (919) 792-4951, and the mailing address is P.O. Box 1916, Raleigh, North Carolina 27602.
Wake County Local Rules and Forms
All of the Wake County Local Rules and local forms (including calendar request forms) can be found here (although you will need to select “Wake County” first). In addition, Sallie Kearns' Local Civil Rules for Superior Court for the Tenth Judicial District (Wake County) are here.
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