The NC Court system has a means to make complaints against an improperly behaving judge. The FAQ is here: http://www.nccourts.org/Courts/CRS/Councils/JudicialStandards/FAQs.asp#1
It is quite specific in defining elements of judicial misconduct:
Q. What is judicial misconduct?
A. Judicial misconduct is any violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
•failure to perform duties impartially and diligently
•failure to dispose promptly of the business of the court
•allowing family, social or political relationships to influence judicial decision-making
•conflict of interest
•expressions of bias based on race, gender or ethnicity
•rude, abusive and otherwise improper treatment of parties, counsel, witnesses, etc.
•communicating improperly with only one side to a proceeding
•excessive use of intoxicating drinks or drugs
•commenting on or interfering with a pending or impending case
•improper election campaign conduct
Unfortunately, in order to make a complaint, you will need to identify yourself and produce evidence to back up your claim. NC statutes do provide a level of protection against reprisals but, the deck is stacked in favor of the judge.
The best opportunity to unseat a judge is at the ballot box. Judge Blackmore defeated her opponent by a margin of 53 to 47 percent.
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