Judge Robert Ervin Family

About Bob Ervin

  • Western North Carolina native
  • Superior Court Judge for Burke and Caldwell Counties for over 15 years
  • Practiced law in Morganton, N.C. for 17 years before serving as Superior Court Judge, 1988-2002
  • Graduated with high honors from Harvard Law School, 1985
  • Graduated with high honors from Davidson College in North Carolina, 1982
  • Graduated from Freedom High School, Morganton, N.C., 1978
  • Ranked as one of the best Superior Court judges in North Carolina attorney surveys.
  • Frequently chosen to handle complicated criminal and civil trials
  • Regularly teaches other Superior Court Judges
  • Selected for the Rural Courts Commission, the Sentencing Commission and the Indigent Defense Services Commission
  • Named “Trial Judge of the Year” by North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Selected as Fellow by the American Board of Trial Advocates

See Robert C. Ervin on Wikipedia for more information.

What Others SAy About Judge Bob Ervin

“One of the best judges in the state,” and “an excellent, fair, and patient judge.” Those were some of the comments of lawyers asked to rate Judge Ervin in a survey by the North Carolina Bar Association. Ervin also has received the highest ratings for legal ability and professionalism.

In recognition of his abilities, Bob Ervin is regularly chosen by attorneys and the Chief Justice to handle exceptionally complex and contentious cases. He presided over litigation involving the control of Charlotte’s airport, and was the judge in State v. Randall Kerrick, the potentially inflammatory case involving the shooting of an unarmed man by a Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer.

In addition to being selected as a fellow by the American Board of Trial Advocates and as “Trial Judge of the Year” by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, he is Chairman of the Education Committee for Superior Court Judges which trains the more than 100 Superior Court Judges in North Carolina.

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The Bible teaches us to “do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” I try to do that as a judge, as a church elder, and as a husband and father.

Our law enforcement officers have a difficult and dangerous job, and they need the assistance and cooperation of our judges. Their work does not stop late at night or on weekends, so neither does mine. It is important for me to be there for them when they need a judge to review search warrants and handle other emergency requests.

I have been privileged to be selected by the Chief Justice to serve on commissions to improve the quality of justice in rural North Carolina and to make sure impoverished residents receive adequate legal representation. Western North Carolina does not always have the resources available to our larger cities, and it is important to do what we can to improve the quality of justice provided to our citizens. Before I became a judge I also served on the board of directors of Catawba Valley Legal Services and Legal Services of North Carolina.

Contact Us

Committee to Re-Elect Judge Robert Ervin
515 Lenoir Street
Morganton, NC  28655