Judge Dray has been on the District Court bench since 2011. She has presided in every Court at the District level and is currently seated on the Unified Family Court. She is a certified Juvenile Law Judge and is the senior Family Court Judge in Buncombe County. Judge Dray has consistently ranked in the top 10 for Judges throughout the state in North Carolina’s Judicial Performance Evaluations, which are statewide surveys completed by members of the North Carolina State Bar.
Judge Dray received her law degree from the University of Bridgeport and her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina District Court Judges Association, the North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the Harry C. Martin Chapter of the American Inns of Court, the 28th Judicial District Bar, and the Phi Delta Alpha Law Fraternity.
Judge Dray has been a panelist and speaker at various community events and for organizations such as; the Buncombe County Guardian Ad Litem program, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the Buncombe County League of Women Voters, Pisgah Legal Aid, the 28th Judicial District Bar, The Harry C. Martin Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville.
In Buncombe County, each family case is assigned to one Judge, who then hears all matters that relate to that family for as long as the Court has jurisdiction (control), or until a Judge retires. This allows Judges to become familiar with the unique issues affecting individual families over the course of time. Family District Court Judges also preside over all matters relating to juveniles, matters involving the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as involuntary commitments. Often issues regarding domestic violence protective orders are heard in the Family Courts, particularly when these matters are consolidated into other existing custody or family court cases. All emergency child custody matters are heard in the Family Court. Judge Dray is Buncombe County’s senior Family Court District Judge. She has been on the Family District Court bench since 2011.
Buncombe County has been a designated one of only 13 Unified Family Court Districts in North Carolina. These 13 districts are special in that District Family Court is separate and apart from other civil district court matters. District Family Court is designed to process matters relating to divorce, property division, and support and custody of children. The North Carolina legislative purpose in creating District Family Court is to establish a framework upon which domestic family matters are uniformly handled, allowing families the opportunity to cooperatively resolve their issues first through formal, facilitated mediation. In matters where mediation is not successful for families in conflict, issues are then resolved by a presiding judge for final determination of any issues that remain unresolved following mediation.
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Buncombe County District Court Judge
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