I'm Beth Tanner

Born in Eastern North Carolina, my parents owned their own pharmacy and taught me the importance of hard work and service to my community. As a childhood cancer survivor, I learned perseverance through difficulty. As a mother to a child with special needs, I understand compassion and the importance of fairness.

Before becoming a District Court Judge, I stood beside my clients to provide them the advice and representation they needed to navigate difficult circumstances. I defended clients' rights and reputations in court, and I helped them figure out the best plans for their families.  Even before becoming a judge, I served our state as a public servant. I represented fellow state employees and worked alongside state leaders. 

Throughout my legal career, one of the most important things I gained was an understanding of how vital it was to justice that our judges follow our state and U.S. Constitutions, and our laws, as written.

District Court is the place where most people interact with the justice system. The people who come before a District Court judge are seeking answers to legal problems that are paramount in their lives. Those legal issues span from criminal to family to civil, all areas in which I have experience. As a public servant for many years, I understand the dedication necessary to ensure that cases are managed efficiently so that people get answers they need to move forward in their lives. Most importantly, I understand first hand how vital it is that justice is delivered fairly to everyone.

I am not just committed to justice at work, but I also believe in being a positive part of my community. I serve as an appointee on Moore County’s Juvenile Crime Prevention Council which monitors programs used by District Court judges every day to help juveniles get on the right track.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Brentley, for 17 years. I'm a mother to two amazing daughters.

beth's professional background

Beth's Judicial Philosophy

Experienced. Dedicated. Fair.



Judges should be EXPERIENCED in the law.



Judges should be DEDICATED to public service.



Judges should be FAIR in their application of the law.

Professional Background

I started my career in private practice at Cranfill Sumner and Hartzog, LLP where I represented healthcare providers, businesses, and family law clients.  I felt called to public service and began representing the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in 2014, first as an Assistant Attorney General with the North Carolina Department of Justice and then as an Assistant General Counsel within the Department.  Prior to becoming a District Court Judge, I served as the Associate Director for the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, a state agency charged with the neutral investigation of post-conviction claims of innocence. There, was my job every day to assess claims to the Commission in light of the Commission’s governing statute and to investigate those claims without bias towards either the defendant or the State.

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP, Associate Attorney

Representation of healthcare providers and businesses in civil litigation

Family Law

North Carolina Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General

Representation of the Department of Public Safety in federal district court, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and in state courts

North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Assistant General Counsel

Advised the Department in the areas of prisons, healthcare administration, probation, government contracts, employment, education, the Governor’s Crime Commission, and juvenile matters

North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, Associate Director

Neutral investigation of post-conviction claims of innocence to ensure the innocent as well as the guilty receive justice

District Court Judge

Representing Moore & Hoke Counties

Commissioner Appointee

Moore County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council 2021-Present

Chief Justice Appointee

North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, Alternate Discretionary Member 2022-Present

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