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Mark Martin is currently serving as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment to this role by Governor Pat McCrory, he served as Senior Associate Justice of the Court. His appointment came as former Chief Justice Sarah Parker reached NC’s mandatory retirement age of 72 at the end of August 2014.

With more than 20 years of judicial service, Chief 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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Justice Mark Martin is by far the most qualified candidate to serve as our State’s next Chief Justice. He is the only candidate in the race who has the experience necessary to lead our State’s judiciary and assume the heavy responsibilities of the Chief Justice position. Mark is the only candidate in this race who has served on the Supreme Court (he has been there over 15 years) and has authored appellate decisions (he has authored over 400).

Dr. June Atkinson | Photo credit: Cumberland County Schools

There is a reason Justice Martin has been endorsed by the bi-partisan group of all five former NC Chief Justices. He is fair, impartial, cares deeply about our State, and is widely regarded for his integrity and commitment to the rule of law.

Having worked with Justice Martin to help our young people better understand the importance of our courts and the rule of law, I can tell you that he is one of the hardest working Justices in the history of the Supreme Court. It is critical that Justice Martin win this election—and lead our Supreme Court—and I strongly endorse his candidacy for Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court.

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.

Former Gov. James G. Martin | Photo credit: Charlotte Observer
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.


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Press Release: Mark Martin Installed as Interim Chief Justice of NC Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paul Shumaker (919) 971-9020   Mark Martin Installed as Interim Chief Justice of North Carolina Supreme Court, Prepares to Implement Administration of Justice Plan RALEIGH, NC, September 3, 2014 – Mark Martin today was installed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. In a brief, ceremonial session, Martin […]

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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…