April Wood remembers working as a lawyer in private practice, where she interacted with a judge who made decisions that were against the law but based on her personal beliefs. This experience was so life-changing for Wood that she said it inspired her to become a judge.
Now, with 20 years of experience as a judge, Wood is a candidate for the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Wood most recently served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, to which she was elected in 2020, prior to that she served on the district court bench.
“We need to have more conservative justices on the Supreme Court who understand that their role is to interpret and apply the Constitution and the law as written and not to rewrite the laws. That’s the job of the legislature,” Wood said.
Wood said that was his main goal: to interpret the Constitution fairly and the way it is written. She said that was her goal because she believed the Founding Fathers of the United States had done a good job creating the foundation of a nation and that was how the Constitution should be interpreted.
She said she is able to achieve these goals through the experience she has gained as a judge. As a former lawyer and judge, she understands the Constitution and has experience interpreting the law. This experience, she says, is essential to serving on the North Carolina Supreme Court and sets her apart from other justices.
“There are seven judges on the court and only one of them has ever served as a trial judge, which I find shocking given that most appeals come from the trial courts,” Wood said. “I have been a judge for 20 years, 18 of them in the courts of first instance.”
With her background and the conservative values she holds when it comes to interpreting the law, Wood feels more than qualified to serve on the North Carolina Supreme Court.
“I have 20 years’ experience as a judge who treats everyone equally – fairly and fairly – who applies the law as it is written and does not legislate from the bench, who protects and upholds people’s constitutional rights,” Wood said, “and ultimately always strives to do the right thing whether or not it’s a popular thing to do.”