In a ceremony on Monday, January 7, the Supreme Court of North Carolina honored its bicentennial year with a special session of court. Created by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1818, the Supreme Court held its first session in January of 1819 and has remained the state’s highest appellate court for 200 years.
“Today, we recognize the enduring nature of our state’s highest court, and its proud legacy of providing justice for all,” said Chief Justice Mark Martin. “I invite all North Carolinians to join us in celebrating their Supreme Court, which for over 200 years, has protected rights and liberties, and ensured justice for all.”
The historic celebration included a documentary video and remarks by former and current justices of the Supreme Court. Dignitaries from all three branches of government were in attendance, including Gov. Roy Cooper, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Council of State members, justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court of Appeals and judicial officials from across the state.
The Supreme Court of North Carolina is the state’s highest court and there is no further appeal from its decisions on matters of state law. It comprises the Chief Justice, who also serves as the head of the Judicial Branch, and six associate justices, each serving eight-year terms. The Supreme Court is celebrating its 200th anniversary throughout 2019.