Pitt County's new district court judge sworn in

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Published: May. 18, 2018 at 5:38 AM EDT
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The chief justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Mark Martin, was in Greenville to give the oath of office to Pitt County's newest district court judge.

Mario E. Perez was sworn in to fill in the vacancy of retiring Chief District Court Judge Gwynn Hilburn.

The ceremony took place in Pitt County Superior Court Friday afternoon.

Perez is the first Hispanic judge in Pitt County and in Eastern North Carolina.

He was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper on March 28th.

Perez, who practices criminal and civil law as an attorney in the superior and district courts, has lived and worked in Pitt County for the past 29 years.

Perez was an arbitrator in district court cases and up until 2017, he was a certified mediator for civil superior court cases.

Perez was one of the few bilingual attorneys who practiced in Greenville and in the east.


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A new judge is preparing to take his seat on the bench Friday afternoon.

The Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Mark Martin, will be in Greenville Friday to give the oath of office to Mario Perez, Pitt County's newest District Court Judge. Governor Roy Cooper appointed Perez back in March to fill the vacancy of retiring Chief District Court Judge Gwynn Hilburn.

Perez will become the first Hispanic Judge in Pitt County and in Eastern North Carolina.