Leonard Appointed as Chief Juvenile Court Counselor


The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Sonynia L. Leonard as Chief Court Counselor in Judicial District 6, comprised of Halifax, Northampton, Bertie and Hertford counties. Leonard assumed this post earlier this year.

Sonynia L. LeonardIn this position, Leonard provides oversight to the district’s daily operations, which involve the intake, probation and post-release supervision of adjudicated juveniles. Along with providing supervision to court counselors and office staff, she assigns, reviews and evaluates the counseling and court service activities of the juvenile justice professionals on staff.

Leonard began her career in criminal justice in 1994 as a Correctional Officer at Fountain Correctional Center for Women in Rocky Mount. She has served as a Juvenile Court Counselor in the 7th Judicial District (Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties) since 2008.

Leonard graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in the administration of criminal justice and security at the University of Phoenix.


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