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From district court judge to retirement, with Tracy Hewett

From district court judge to retirement, with Tracy Hewett

Retired Judge Tracy Hewett shares her journey to becoming a district court judge and her experiences serving in Mecklenburg County

Tracy Hewett is a retired district family court judge in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Hewett finished her bachelor’s degree in her late 30s and then attended law school as a single mom while also working as a truck driver. She served as a public defender for 10 years and then joined the bench in 2017.

In this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Hewett reflects on her career journey, her recent retirement and her experiences as a judge in North Carolina. She also dives into:

  • Her transition into retirement and what she’s been up to since.

  • Her decision to attend law school and pursue a legal career.

  • What it was like working in the public defender's office and defending the constitutional rights of her clients who may not have always been innocent.

  • Why she became a judge, and her commitment to ensuring accountability in the justice system.

  • The election process for judges in North Carolina.

  • Her experiences as a judge, particularly in district and family court.

  • Her plans for future involvement in community activities after her “gap year.”

Hewett received The Ledger’s 40 Over 40 Award in 2021 for her service as a Mecklenburg County District Court Judge.

This podcast episode is part of a series highlighting winners of The Ledger’s 40 Over 40 awards, which honor and celebrate often unheralded people over the age of 40 who are making impactful contributions to Charlotte. It’s hosted by Steve Dunn of Miles Mediation and Arbitration.

Find out more about the 40 Over 40 awards by going to

We hope you enjoy the conversation with Tracy Hewett.

The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is produced by Lindsey Banks.

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