The highest court in the Tar Heel State conducted its business in the Buncombe County Courthouse on May 16. The two sessions were part of the NC Supreme Court’s 200th anniversary. “The Supreme Court is celebrating its 200th anniversary next year in 2019, and as part of the celebration we’re bringing the court to the people,” says Chief Justice Mark Martin. The bicentennial mark is being celebrating by holding court in cities across the state in 2018-2020.
Holding court in various cities allows students, law professionals, and citizens to observe how the NC Supreme Court operates. Fun fact: The state’s constitution only allows for the NC Supreme Court to meet in Raleigh, Edenton, and Morganton. However, the General Assembly approved legislation allowing for the supreme road show to take place over the next three years.
During its time in Buncombe County, the NC Supreme Court spent about two hours deliberating two cases. You can watch a video of the historical event here.