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Women Justices Honored for NC Supreme Court Service

RALEIGH — In a ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, the Supreme Court of North Carolina honored the women justices who have served on the state’s highest court. This commemorative ceremony is the second official event to be held as a part of the Supreme Court’s 200th anniversary celebration. The event featured a portrait sitting of the justices (pictured below) and a short program honoring (pictured below from left to right, top row): former Chief Justice Susie Sharp, former Chief Justice Rhoda Billings, former Chief Justice Sarah Parker, former Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson; (bottom row)…   Continue Reading »

Head for the Coast!

In tribute to its 250th anniversary, North Carolina’s Supreme Court will head to the Chowan County Courthouse in Edenton on May 9 for two hearings, one at 9:30 and another at 11 a.m. There is limited seating, so free tickets for the occasion will be on a first-come basis, as explained in this article from the News & Observer. For a bit more history of the courthouse, visit its page in the North Carolina History Project. An original wooden courthouse first ordered by the NC Colonial Assembly in 1712…   Continue Reading »

Voices of Judicial Experience Speak Up

Proposed legislative changes to reduce the number of judges on the NC Court of Appeals from 15 to 12, and to end special appointments to all but the business court, have been deemed harmful to the state’s judiciary and its people by four of the state’s former chief justices: Republican I. Beverly Lake (2001-2006) and Democrats James G. Exum Jr. (1986-1994), Burley Mitchell (1995-1999), and Sarah Parker (2006-2014). As reported in today’s News & Observer. a letter from the four justices questions bill sponsors’ claims that a 20 percent reduction in judgeships…   Continue Reading »

NC justices set to serve

Newly elected Chief Justice Mark D. Martin, the 28th head of the NC Supreme Court, as well as Associate Justices Robin Hudson and Cheri Beasley and Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV have been duly invested, and the seven-member NC Supreme Court begins its work this week. Hudson, according to The News & Observer, commented at her ceremony about the dangers of outside funding to judicial impartiality and pledged “no agenda, personal or political,” in her work on the bench.

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