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N.C. District 16A - Judge William C. McIlwain III - Issues/Complaints
Complaints related to William C. McIlwain III - Chief District Court Judge of N.C. District 16A [Hoke and Scotland counties]
This forum is designed to encourage judicial reform. Justice is a right of all citizens not just a privilege of the wealthy and powerful.
Please feel free to post any comments that reveal defects in judgment or abuse of power related to the commission listed above. We also encourage posting issues related to unjust laws (keep in mind that there is a difference between a bad law and a bad judge).
If you are bursting with emotion and feel a need to rant/rave, please feel free (add "RANT" as the first line of your post).
Be aware that most judges have a difficult job and they do well in most instances -- if a mistake was made, the best method of preventing future mistakes of a similar nature is adopting a calm, long-term resolution to correct the error and applying pressure on the judicial system through legitimate sources.
Also, be aware that any posts that are libelous or harassing are prohibited on this site - keep in mind during any rants that describing your feelings about injustices is fine, however, allegations of wrongdoing should be supported by facts.
-Obtain advise from an attorney regarding your legal options.
-Wait a few days before making public allegations.
-Avoid letting your passion make you sound crazed.
-Carefully list all the injustices that you feel occurred.
-Separate the facts from the feelings.
-Research and gather support for your facts and feelings.
-Determine which points are most important to you.
-Think about which points could be most effective at creating reform (and realize that these are not necessarily the same points that are most important to you).
-Pursue your legal options to the fullest extent reasonable.
-Complain to the Judicial Standards Commission (if appropriate) -- it appears unlikely that the Commission will take any action (this forum was created after two complaints were dismissed without further investigation that alleged a total of approximately 64 violations of the North Carolina Code of Judicial Conduct by a Chief District Court Judge in NC).
-The judiciary hates public attention drawn to its flaws.
-Make your feelings or arguments known to the local media - call an appropriate news radio or talk television program with your issues - write a letter to the editor to a local newspaper.
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-Feel free to ask for help writing a complaint or letter to the editor.
-Don't give up until you feel satisfied that you have made a difference.
-Links to N.C. Laws, Rules and other resources
-Legal Aid of N.C.
(possibly free legal aid for individuals who can't afford an attorney)
-Judicial Standards Commission
(complaints against NC judges)
-North Carolina Code of Judicial Conduct
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Pro Se RESOURCES (for representing yourself):
-North Carolina General Statutes
-NC Civil Procedure
-NC Rules of Civil Procedure
-Local Court Rules
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Posted by: Deborah G. Hardin on 01-16-2014
Judge William McllWain presided over my divorce in 2003-2006 from Dr. Ben Hardin of Lumberton, NC. We had been married for 23 years and 2 children were born of that marriage. I became ill after the birth of our first child in 1983 and was diagnosed with multiple Sclerosis in 1996. In 2003 I filed for divorce from my husband. We acquired the majority of all property and assets during the 23 year marriage. NC is an Equitable Distribution State. I was a registered nurse and had contributed greatly and as much as I could after becoming sick. That did not stop Judge William McllWain from giving my ex-husband all land, majority of assets and the marital home which we built and furnished together during the 23 marriage. I was literally put in the street with no place to live , but the Days Inn. The items that were allocated to me in the settlement such as furniture and a portion of my ex-husbands 401-K, only trickled to me over the nest 7 years. I had to hire several different Lawyers from other counties to get what had been awarded me by the Honorable Judge William McllWain. I had during that time taken a True Copy Courtroom Document which I believed had my signature forged on it to one of the Top Forensic Document specialist in the country. Her name is Beth Chrisman. Please look her up on the web. She has proven beyond any doubt after thorough analysis, that my name was forged. I am still waiting for justice. I use to believe in our judicial system. I never thought for one minute that in the year 2005 that Greed and misuse of power from attorneys and a Judge could put a woman in the street! I had seen it on Life Time Movies, but stuff always happens to someone else. Very shortly after my ex husband took possession of our marital home , he moved his girlfriend who was almost the exact age of his oldest daughter into our home. It was not long before our two children who were in their first years of college were ask to leave. Judge McllWain also gave him all assets associated with his private medical practice. I pray that someone will remove this man from his position of playing God over people's lives before one more woman, man or child is harmed by his prejudicial decisions and misuse of power. I have finally begun to put my life back together and have been putting together all the documentation that supports every dishonest thing that took place in Judge Mcllwain's courtroom in Robeson County. All I seek is justice and a chance to have a place to sleep at night that is my home and not under someone else's roof.
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