ROCKINGHAM — Gov. Roy Cooper recently appointed Chief Assistant District Attorney Dawn M. Layton to the Superior Court for District 16A, filling the seat left vacant following the retirement of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace on July 31.
Layton does not yet know when she will be officially sworn in, but said she is currently “wrapping things up” at the Richmond County DA’s office, where she has been a prosecutor for nearly 15 years. Prior to that, Layton worked with Child Support Enforcement in North Carolina as both an agent and later a lead agent.
“Dawn’s extensive legal experience makes her qualified for this role, and I’m confident that she will serve her district well,” Cooper said of his decision in a press release.
With the retirement of Wallace and of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard Brown before that, Layton said she was actively pursing a seat on the Superior Court.
“I’ve always been interested in a Superior Court judgeship,” Layton said.
She received her bachelor of science in criminal justice from East Carolina University and her juris doctor from Regent University School of Law. As Superior Court judge, Layton will represent Anson, Scotland and Richmond counties.
Layton said that she is “grateful” to represent a district that includes her home-county of Richmond.
“Common sense, compassion and fairness must all work together in conjunction with the rule of law to ensure that everyone is treated justly within the court system,” she said. “I was taught to treat everyone with dignity and respect. I intend to take those same principles with me in my new role as a Superior Court Judge.”
Layton’s appointment is temporary, as the seat will be up for election in 2020.
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