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From 2002 - 2020, Judge April C. Wood served the people of Davidson and Davie counties as a District Court Judge. Judge Wood presided over domestic violence cases, juvenile cases involving the Department of Social Services, juvenile delinquency cases, child custody and support cases, equitable distribution of marital property cases, criminal cases, traffic matters, involuntary commitments, and other civil law disputes. Judge Wood handled complicated and high value cases involving businesses and high conflict cases involving children and families.  Judge Wood was the Davie County Truancy Judge where she was committed to doing what was necessary to resolve the issues that were causing children to be unlawfully absent from school.  Her dedication helped reduce the dropout rate in the community.  She completed all of the necessary education requirements and is a Certified Juvenile Court Judge.


Both Judge Wood’s parents hail from Lexington and after Judge Wood’s father retired from the Marine Corps, her family returned home to Davidson County where she has remained to raise her own children. Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Wood maintained a law office in Thomasville. 

Judge Wood was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2020.  Prior to her taking a seat on the Court of Appeals, there was only one of the fifteen judges on the Court with any judicial experience as a District Court Judge. Judge Wood has brought valuable, hands-on judicial experience to the Court.


Currently, Judge Wood is a member of the board of directors for Cancer Services of Davidson County and for the Epilepsy Association of North Carolina. She also serves on the YMCA of NWNC Youth Advisory Board.  Since 2003 she has been a frequent DARE graduation speaker.

For the past twenty years, she has been an active member of the North Carolina Memorial Day Celebration Committee in Thomasville. This committee is especially important to Judge Wood as she believes it is of utmost importance to honor and remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.


For Judge Wood, serving the citizens of North Carolina as a judge is not a job - it is a calling. Since 2002, Judge Wood has found that being a judge is a serious and often difficult role, but she is guided by her life-long commitment to leaving this community better than she found it. Judge Wood's experience, constitutional conservatism, and integrity make her the best candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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