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NCBA Opposes House Bill 717

NCBA Opposes House Bill 717

House Bill 717 in the N.C. House of Representatives revises Judicial Divisions and Superior Court, District Court and Prosecutorial Districts across the state. After being made public Sunday night, the bill was voted favorably out of the House Judiciary I Committee yesterday and now proceeds to the full House for readings and a vote. If HB 717 passes the House, it will proceed to the N.C. Senate for consideration.

It is the position of the NCBA that any redistricting of Judicial and Prosecutorial Districts should be based upon an open and robust process that includes input from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Judges, District Attorneys, members of the bar, and other stakeholders in the judicial system, so that the result increases efficiency and access to justice, and enhances trust and confidence in our legal system on the part of the citizens of our state. Therefore, the NCBA opposes HB 717.

We ask that you contact your representatives and senators in the North Carolina legislature today, as well as other legislators whom you know personally to oppose HB 717. Contact information for legislators serving your area is accessible via the NCBA's Legislative Action Center: click here to access. By contacting legislators, our members can make a difference regarding the progress of this bill.

Click here to view the language of the bill.

Click here to view maps of the new districts on the Twitter feed of the bill sponsor.

Click here to view a News & Observer article on HB 717.