In North Carolina, the Superior and District Courts have concurrent original jurisdiction in civil actions (NCGS 7A-240). However, the district court division is the proper division for the trial of civil actions in which the amount in controversy is $10,000 or less; and the superior court division
is the proper division for the trial of civil actions in which the amount in controversy exceeds
$10,000 (NCGS 7A-243). In your Answer to the Complaint, you should have made a motion to remove the case to the superior court and it would have been granted. Since you didn't make that motion, you are bound the decision of the district court judge. If the time for doing so has not expired, you may appeal the case to the NC Court of Appeals. Contact an appellate lawyer in your area for a consultation to see if you have the right to appeal. Hope this helps.
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