JUDGE MARIS  was born in Columbia, South Carolina. She has made North Carolina her home since the late 1990's when she came to the Triangle area to pursue her undergraduate degree.  Maris received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor from N.C. Central University School of Law.  Maris was a published member of the Law Journal and later taught at her alma mater in legal writing as an adjunct professor of law while working as an Assistant Public Defender, her career prior to becoming a judge.  

She serves the 14th Judicial District of Durham County as one of seven District Court Judges and presides in both criminal and civil courts.  She is also a regularly assigned Family Court Judge where she works to assist Durham's families in disputes over custody, alimony, property distribution and divorce. 

In addition to her work in the courtroom, Judge Maris deeply values spending time in the community. She is pictured below with members of the staff of The Durham County Teen Court & Restitution Program, a non-profit organization in Durham that Maris served as a volunteer judge, board member and teen mentor with for over ten years. She is also a current board member of Rebound - Alternatives for Youth, a non-profit organization working to stem the tide of students out of school on a suspension, and she is a member of her synagogue's Youth Committee.


Community, work and family all keep Judge Maris busy and fulfilled. From her highly energetic son to the vibrant city of Durham full of opportunities to engage and contribute to her daily work on the bench, Judge Maris is never at a loss for meaningful ways to spend her time.  As a mother and wife, Judge Maris also cares personally about the issues that impact families and individuals in the court system and strives to improve the administration of justice for everyone.