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About Judge Letts

Judge Since 2000

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge 30B
2009 – present

  • Preside over criminal and civil jury and non-jury cases
  • Appointed by Chief Justice Sarah Parker to preside on the Buncombe County Innocence Three-Judge Panel, September 2011
  • Elected in 30B Judicial District (Haywood and Jackson) in 2010
  • Appointed by Governor Perdue in March 2009
  • Elected in Haywood & Jackson Counties in 2010
  • Re-Elected in Haywood & Jackson Counties in 2018

NC District Court Judge
2000 – 2009

  • Presided over criminal, domestic, civil jury and non-jury, and Department of Social Services cases
  • Juvenile Certification from the School of Government 2002
  • Appointed by Governor Hunt in August 2000
  • Elected in the 7 counties of the 30th Judicial District (Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Cherokee, Swain, Graham & Clay Counties) in 2002 & 2006

Other  legal Experience

ATTORNEY GENERAL
1997–1999 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians –  Cherokee, NC

  • Set up Office of the in-house legal division for the Tribe
  • Republished the Tribal Code Book, developed Dialysis Center, and established the Tribal Court
  • Oversaw all legal and governmental affairs of the Tribe.

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY
1995–1997 Office of The District Attorney – Waynesville, NC

  • Prosecuted criminal matters in all 7 counties of the 30th District
  • Prosecuted juvenile matters in all 7 counties of the 30th District
  • Worked with all law enforcement agencies and the Tribe to improve communication and cooperation

DEPUTY SECRETARY
1995–1997 Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise – Cherokee, NC

  • Appointed by Chief Dugan as one of the original five members of the TCGE & TBE Board of Advisors
  • As Board Member drafted TCGE & TBE Ordinances, re-negotiated the management agreement with Harrah’s, managed the temporary casino and oversaw on behalf of the Tribe the construction of the new casino.

EDUCATION

L.L.M., Judicial Practice
(Inaugural class)
2018 – present
Joint program of Campbell Law University – NC and Nottingham Trent University – UK
Offered by NC Judicial Branch and the NC General Assembly to selected sitting trial judges

J.D., Law
1992-1995
University of Mississippi School of Law –  Oxford, MS

B.A., Philosophy & Economics
1986-1990
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC

boards & activities

Enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC
Associate Justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court, Tribal Court of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, NC, 2015-2019
Tribal/State Court Working Group, Request for North Carolina Attorney General Opinion Regarding Tribal-State Criminal Jurisdiction, 2014
Vice-President of the North Carolina Bar Association, 2013
Tribal/State Court Civil Jurisdiction Removal Task Force, North Carolina Bar Association, 2012
North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, three-judge panel
Youth Accountability Task Force, 2009
Cherokee Hospital Board of Governors, 2008-2017, Cherokee, NC
NC Office of Indigent Defense Services, Commissioner, 2005-2012, oversaw indigent defense services in all 100 counties
Instructor at the New District Court Judges School, School of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2004-2008
Chairman of Criminal Justice Partnership Program, Jackson County, 2006-2008
Instructor at Western Carolina University, Introduction to Political Science, Fall 2004
President-Elect NC Conference of Superior Court Judges, 2017-present

Contact 

Judge Brad Letts
285 N. Main Street, #3300
Waynesville, NC 28786

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