The District Court is fundamentally about people. Although most would rather not be in court to solve their problems, many unfortunately have no other recourse. William “Drew” Marsh believes in the need to effectively utilize resources that will help families begin to solve their problems. It’s critical that any disfunction which causes a family member to enter the court system, must be addressed with early intervention.

Drew was born and raised in Durham, educated in the public schools and has spent most of his life here in his hometown.



It comes from his experience working with and for the people, no matter their social, economic or racial background and circumstance.


In addition to over 25 years of civil and criminal trial experience, I served for almost 10 years on our local bench. I always made my decisions based upon the law and facts, not on who my friends are or because I wanted to see a preferred outcome. The rule of law is something I value and I pledge continued observance of this principle to maintain our federal and state constitutions.


Over my years here on the bench, I have been engaged in the support of our community and court system. I served for several years on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, screening programs and creatively providing avenues to keep our young people out of the criminal justice system. I’ve served on our local Domestic Violence Committee with representatives from the office of the District Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff and Police Departments, and the Crisis Response Center, seeking ways to streamline our intake and domestic violence court procedures thereby minimizing the trauma for victims. Another committee, the Stepping Up Initiative, allowed me to work with at least two (2) County Commissioners, our local mental health entity (Access), police, the Criminal Justice Resource Center and the jail to devise intake procedures so that those suffering mental illness are not crowding our jails, rather than getting treatment. The next step is to establish a mental health court to address the unique issues of these defendants. I am committed to making this happen.

Finally, I’ve served on committees with Durham Public Schools, the NC Central School of Criminal Justice and County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s department to mitigate disproportionate minority contact in our court system. This involves review of the role of school resource officers. I am the only judge to have presided over the New Life Court, a job resource court which used a therapeutic team approach to enable persons who are chronically unemployed reenter the work force and become current with child support. I plan to reestablish this court with appeals to our local government.


I have devoted the last almost ten (10) years of my life to the issues I’ve mentioned and have documented over 200 hours of addition judicial training at the NC Judicial College located at the UNC School of Government. I am the only person either currently on the bench or seeking this appointment that has extensive training at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, an institution that trains State and Federal Judges from not only the United States but from all over the world. I devote my time to several civic and community groups and regularly speak to young people in mentorship and faith-based settings. I am dedicated to continuing active learning and social engagement as your District Court Judge.


The experience of 25 years as a practicing attorney and more than 9 years of judicial experience
A history of service with former Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.
More than 600 trials in Washington, DC as a city attorney
Knowledge of how the District Court system works
A problem-solver, a family man and former employer who cares
A well-developed perception and temperament to work towards fairness

Drew Marsh, fighting the good fight.