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Providing a complete history of North Carolina’s District Courts entailed going back than the widely celebrated year of origin. With 1955, its true starting point, as a reference, the author traced the District Court’s history by first examining the Bell Commission’s role in this District Court’s creation and participation in the state’s 1959, 1961, and 1963 General Assemblies. Acknowledging the Bell Commission’s momentous role led into his examination of the Court Commission’s role from 1963-1989 and Futures Commission’s role from 1994-1997.
An examination of how North Carolina’s District Court has evolved since 1966 entailed comparisons that could be measured by society’s changing perception to issues such as gender equality, substance abuse, at risk children, and domestic violence. Introducing these issues bridged the author’s discussion of how they are handled within the context of civil and criminal jurisdictions and in the face of present social issues such as cultural diversity. From this discussion, Drennan concluded the evolving role of judges and technology in particular will play an important part in how North Carolina’s District Court adjusts to inevitable change.