Notice: Public Defender Election Set for January 11, 2017

The 28th Judicial District Bar will hold an election for the office of Public Defender on January 11, 2017. The election will take place at the January Bar Luncheon at 12:45pm at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street, Asheville, North Carolina.

Nominations for the Office of Public Defender will be made at the meeting, and voting shall be limited to members of the 28th District Bar resident in the district who are in attendance at the meeting.

Before nominations begin, the Bar shall decide by majority vote whether two or three persons shall be nominated. Nominations may be received from the floor from any member authorized to vote. Nominees will be allowed to speak for up to five minutes regarding their qualifications for the position.

Voting shall be by written ballot.  Each voting member shall be entitled to vote for one candidate.  Ballots marked for more than one candidate will not be counted.  The two or three candidates, as previously determined under Paragraph VI above, receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be the nominees.

The votes shall be counted under the direction of the presiding officer and the results announced at the meeting. The list of nominees and their respective vote tallies shall be certified by the presiding officer to the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge in District 28, and a copy shall be furnished to the Office of Indigent Defense Services.

The Senior Resident Superior Court Judge shall appoint the Public Defender from among the nominees on the list certified pursuant to Paragraph IX as soon as practicable after receiving the list of nominees for a regular term to begin on July 1st or to fill a vacancy.

The term of the current District 28 Public Defender expires on June 30, 2017. Election regulations were issued by The Office of Indigent Defense Services on November 29th, 2016.

Questions? Please contact Lisa-Gaye Hall, Bar Administrator, at