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by C.E. Hinsdale
Popular Government, November 1965

On September 27, 1997, the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society in Greensboro, North Carolina, commemorated the establishment of the Superior Court of North Carolina in 1777. In recognition of the two hundred-twenty tears of service to the State of North Carolina by the Superior Court Judges, a summary history is presented with some anecdotal material.

Portrait of Judge Alfred Moore by artist C. Gregory Stapko. 

Collection of photos of Senator E. H. Cranmer. 

By John W. Smith. Excerpt from the publication Legal Legacy of the Lower Cape Fear, XV. Judge Henry Cranmer was first appointed and then elected as a Superior Court judge at a time when New Hanover was in the Eighth Judicial District with three other counties: Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender.

The Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism (CJCP) conducts historical video series interviews with distinguished members and state "treasures" within the legal profession throughout the state of North Carolina. Currently, the CJCP has the following video interviews in its library

Under the North Carolina Constitution, the Judicial Department is established as a co-equal branch of state government with the Legislative and Executive branches. North Carolina’s court system, called the General Court of Justice, is a unified statewide and state-operated system.

The official website of the North Carolina Court System.

The colonial history of the judiciary under the Lords Proprietors and royal governors of North Carolina did not allow the legal profession that weight in the community that its importance merited. With despotic governors, and among a vagarious and restless population, rules of action declaring rights and prohibiting wrongs were but little regarded.

By the time North Carolina claimed its independence in 1776, the institutions of state government were already firmly established.  Recognizably English in origin, though radically altered in spirit by its break from the "Mother Country," the government in many ways still resembled the hierarchical network of local and state authorities that had existed since the earliest days of the colony.