Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Mecklenburg Chief District Judge Lisa Bell as an N.C. Special Superior Court Judge.
The judges are appointed by the governor to five-year terms and can be assigned to any Superior Court case across the state. They hold regular court, help with special hearings, step in to help other judges avoid conflicts, and otherwise are assigned to alleviate backlogs or cover for absences.
Bell has served as a District Court Judge since 1998 and shes been Chief District Court Judge in Mecklenburg since her appointment in 2009.
Bell has presided in every area of District Court jurisdiction and has implemented various new policies and processes for her district, according to a statement from the governors office.
In December, Bell was named Woman of the Year in the North Carolina Lawyers Weeklys inaugural Women of Justice Awards.
She was among 25 women from across the state who received awards in categories ranging from public service and legal scholar to rising star and business and litigation practitioner. The (Raleigh) News & Observer contributed.