Robert H. Hobgood
|Robert H. Hobgood|
|Third Division of the Superior Court, North Carolina|
|Title:||Senior Resident Superior Court Judge|
|Position:||9th Judicial District|
|Past position:||Representative, North Carolina House of Representatives|
|Undergraduate:||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Law School:||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Grad. School:||National Judicial College|
Robert H. Hobgood is a senior resident superior court judge for the 9th Judicial District of the Third Division of the Superior Court, serving Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties in North Carolina. He took office in 1980 and his current term expires in 2018.
Awards and associations
- Board Member, Board of Governors of the Law Alumni Association of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
- Chairman, Pattern Jury Instruction Committee of the N.C. Conference of Superior Court Judges
- Member, State Judicial Council
Hobgood was re-elected to the superior court after running unopposed.
- See also: North Carolina judicial elections, 2010
School voucher program ruled unconstitutional (2014)
On February 21, 2014, Judge Hobgood granted an injunction against a school voucher program. The legislature approved a plan to provide some state funds to pay for private school tuition. The school boards and some taxpayers sued, arguing that the law was unconstitutionally redirecting taxpayer money to private institutions, many of which are religious organizations. Supporting the lawsuit were the North Carolina Justice Center and the N.C. Association of Educators. Those in favor of the new law said that it gave lower income families more options.
Hobgood's decision, according to the N.C. Justice Center, was supported by his finding that the lawsuit was likely to succeed.
$10 million was budgeted for the program, enough to provide about 2,400 students with up to $4,200 towards their private school tuition. Almost 5,000 applicants were hoping to take advantage of this offer at the time of Hobgood's ruling.
Hobgood ruled on August 21, 2014, that the state's vouchers program for private schools was unconstitutional.
The vouchers were known as "Opportunity Scholarships" and were created by legislators in 2013 to help low-income families pay for private school tuition. The program was championed by Republican members of the legislature.
Hobgood blasted the program, stating:
|“||It appears to this court that the General Assembly is seeking to push at-risk students from low-income families into non-public schools in order to avoid the cost of providing them a sound, basic education in public schools.||”|
|“||Today’s ruling by a single trial court judge advances a clear political agenda ahead of the needs of thousands of North Carolina children. I hope we will move swiftly to appeal.||”|
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- Courts in North Carolina
- Judicial selection in North Carolina
- News: Judge suspends North Carolina District Attorney, January 31, 2012
- The North Carolina Court System, "Franklin County - District 9"
- The North Carolina Court System, "Granville County - District 9"
- The North Carolina Court System, "Vance County - District 9"
- The North Carolina Court System, "Warren County - District 9"
- The North Carolina Court System, "Granville County - District 9."
- Martindale.com, Profile: Robert H. Hobgood
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Sample Ballot Franklin County," 2010
- Charlotte Observer, "Judge puts N.C. school voucher program on hold," February 21, 2014
- News & Observer, "NC to appeal ruling banning taxpayer money for private schools," August 21, 2014
- Charlotte Observer, "NC private school vouchers ruled unconstitutional," August 21, 2014
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