Judge April Wood
The Honorable April C. Wood is a District Court Judge in NC Judicial District 22b. She and her attorney husband, Jeffrey Berg, live in Lexington with their three children. Judge Wood was first elected to the district court bench in 2002 and has been re-elected every four years thereafter.
Judge Wood grew up in various places around the world, including Adak, Alaska, and Okinawa, Japan, while her father served in the United States Marines Corps. Retiring after twenty-three years of service, the family settled down in Lexington. Her father became a Davidson County Deputy Sheriff, and after retirement, continues to work part-time as a bailiff, often in Judge Wood’s courtroom.
Judge Wood graduated from Pensacola Christian College, Summa Cum Laude. After earning her Juris Doctor degree from Regent University School of Law and passing the NC Bar in 1997, she opened a general practice law office in Thomasville. She became a Certified Family Financial Mediator in 2001. She was sworn in as a District Court Judge in 2002 and became a Certified Juvenile Court Judge during her first term. She is currently enrolled in the joint Campbell University School of Law and Nottingham University School of Law program to obtain her L.LM. in Judicial Studies.
Judge Wood is a passionate and dedicated community leader. Believing our children are our future and desire to positively impact as many children and young adults as possible, she has been a regular DARE graduation speaker since 2003. She has been involved in several civic and charitable organizations and is currently serving on the Board of Cancer Services of Davidson County, Salvation Army of Davidson County, National Theological College, and Graduate School, and the North Carolina Memorial Day and Celebration Committee.
As a District Court Judge, Judge Wood presides over domestic violence cases, juvenile cases involving the Department of Social Services, juvenile delinquency cases, child custody, and support cases, equitable distribution of marital property, criminal cases, traffic matters, involuntary commitments, and other civil law disputes. Judge Wood is the Truancy Judge in Davie County where she is committed to doing what is necessary to resolve the issues that are causing children to be unlawfully absent from school. Her dedication has helped reduce the dropout rate in the community.
After more than seventeen years of experience as a District Court Judge, Judge Wood is seeking a seat on the Court of Appeals. Judges with experience on the District Court bench are crucial assets missing from the Court of Appeals. Of the fifteen judges on the Court, there is only one who has experience as a District Court Judge. District Court is the court with exclusive jurisdiction over all family law and juvenile matters, and the decisions made in those courts can have far-reaching and long-lasting effects on children and families. The Court of Appeals reviews these cases, and it is important to have judges on the appellate bench who can bring direct, hands-on experience with them to the higher courts.