North Carolina-Supreme Court-July 21

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-July 21

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

The Supreme Court of North Carolina is the state’s highest court, and parties have no further appeal from its decisions on matters of state law. The court comprises of the Chief Justice and six associate justices, each of whom serves an eight-year term. The Supreme Court has no jury, and it makes no determinations of fact; rather, it considers whether error occurred at trial or in judicial interpretation of the law.

The justice building in Raleigh, NC that houses the NC Supreme Court.


North Carolina is only one of a few states to have a growing collection of judicial portraits. Portraits of 44 former associate justices and 21 former chief justices hang on the walls of the Supreme Court.

In 1968, Henry Frye became the first African-American to be elected to the N.C. House in the 20th century. After 12 years in the state House and then two years in the state Senate, Frye became the first African-American elected to the N.C. Supreme Court in 1983 and in 1999 was appointed chief justice. He retired from the court and joined the law firm of Brooks Pierce in 2001.

henry frye

The lengthy tenures of two chief justices, Walter Clark (1903-24) and Walter P. Stacy (1925-51), saw the Supreme Court through the first half of the Twentieth Century.

In 1970, Governor Robert W. Scott appointed his predecessor in the Executive Mansion, Daniel Killian Moore, associate justice. Moore became the first former governor to serve on the Supreme Court. The election of Susie Marshall Sharp — the first woman in North Carolina history to become a judge of Superior Court and an associate justice of the Supreme Court — as chief justice in 1974 marked the first election of a woman to the highest judicial post of any state.

susie marshall_




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