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Mark Martin is the Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. With over twenty years of judicial service, Justice Martin is the only active member of the North Carolina state judiciary with experience on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Court.

Prior to his judicial service, Martin served as legal counsel to Governor James G. Martin (no relation), practiced law at the McNair Law Firm in Raleigh, and clerked for United States District Judge Clyde H. Hamilton. Martin has served in a number of leadership roles within the North Carolina Bar Association, including as its Vice-President. He has taught law courses at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina Central University. Martin graduated summa cum laude from Western Carolina University. He received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He later earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia.

Mark is married to Kym Martin. Five bright kids call him dad.

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Chief justice candidate Mark Martin campaigns in Watauga County - Watauga Democrat, 6/05/2014

Local bar association hosts reception for N.C. court candidates – Salisbury Post, 3/26/2014

Ola Lewis says ‘political gamesmanship’ influenced her decision to run for chief justice - WECT 6 (NBC Affiliate), 3/25/2014

My Turn: Staying Educated on Judicial Races – WECT 6 (NBC Affiliate), 3/25/2014

Field Set for North Carolina Supreme Court Races – National Law Review, 3/7/2014

Supreme court candidate, Mark Martin, urges vigilance – Carteret County News-Times, 2/26/2014

Chief justice candidate, Mark Martin, offers plan for improving courts – News and Record, 2/7/2014

Pittenger, Martin pick up challengers – Winston-Salem Journal, 3/2/2014




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I wanted you to be among the first to know that I have decided to run for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina in the 2014 election. We know there will be a hard fight for the open seat created by the impending retirement of the current Chief Justice. However, with your help, I believe we can give voters the clear choice that they deserve.

This past December, I celebrated my 20th anniversary as a judge. With experience on our Superior Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court, I am the only active judge in North Carolina to have served on all three levels…


Justice Mark Martin is a veteran jurist with over 20 years of judicial experience. He is the only active judge in our State with experience on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Court. Justice Martin examines legal issues carefully and methodically, writes thoughtful and well-reasoned judicial opinions, and maintains the highest standards of judicial demeanor and temperament. His long record of public service also reflects unquestioned integrity. As the bi-partisan group of all former Chief Justices of North Carolina, we respectfully ask you to join with us in supporting Justice Martin’s candidacy and helping spread the word about his campaign.


I appointed Mark to the bench in 1992—over 20 years ago. Since that time he has provided great public service to our State on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Court. I hope you will join me in supporting his campaign for Chief Justice.