Full Legal Name: Kris Douglass Bailey
Name as it Appears on the Ballot: Kris D. Bailey
Seat/ District: 10th Judicial, Wake County
Partisan Affiliation: non-partisan race, am registered republican
Date of Birth: November 22, 1956
Home Address: Wake County, Cary, NC
Campaign Web Site: www.krisbaileyjudge.com
Occupation & Employer: Bailey Mediation LLC
Bachelor's Degree Year & Institution: BS Business Adm. Freed-Hardeman College 1978
JD Year & School: U of Georgia School of Law 1995
Other Degrees: Masters Winthrop University 1981
Years lived in North Carolina: 20 plus
Home Phone: 919-271-1333
Work Phone: 919-271-1333
1. What do you believe are the most important issues facing the District Court? What are your top priorities or issues of concern for the coming term?
Overcrowded and too many cases not reached. Rise in violent juvenile crime and juvenile gang activity.
2. What qualifies you to serve?
Experience. My opponent, while well meaning, recently passed the bar in 2008. My record is one of hard work and accuracy. To my knowledge, my decisions have not been reversed by the Appellate Courts.
3. How do you define yourself politically?
Fiercely independent. Refuse to solicit or accept $ from lawyers. Only candidate in this race with that conviction. How does that impact your judicial approach? Balanced decisions without the pressure of favoritism.
4. FOR INCUMBENTS: What have been your most important decisions in your current capacity? FOR CHALLENGERS: What decisions has the incumbent made that you most disagree with?
5. What do you feel was the U.S. Supreme Court's most important recent decision? Did you agree with the majority?
Caperton v. Massey I agree with the result, but am concerned, like Chief Justice Roberts, that the standard set is amorphous. They are all important. They are the law of the land.
6. Do you feel that North Carolina's current system of judicial elections serves the state well? Are there other forms of selecting judges you feel would function better or worse than the current one?
Mixed bag. Political appointment has proved to be very political indeed.
7. Have you ever pled guilty or no contest to any criminal charge other than a minor traffic offense? Please explain.
8. Is there anything else you'd like to add about yourself or the issues that are important to you?
9. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.
Have a record of ruling for or against either side, depending on the evidence.
10. On the District Court level, what improvements can be made in terms of the juvenile justice system? What are the weaknesses or constraints in the court's handling of juvenile offenders?
More screening and diversion of non-violent juveniles. More involvement of family and extended family.