From the Courier Tribune by Annette Jordan
With a loud bang of the gavel, the Supreme Court of North Carolina was welcomed to Asheboro on Monday.
Led by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, the justices made a special appearance in the 1909 Historic Courthouse, to take photographs with local folks and to prepare for the two sessions Tuesday.
Asheboro was among about 20 municipalities chosen to host the NC Supreme Court as part of its bicentennial celebration. The NC Legislature granted the court’s request to convene in cities across the state so more citizens would be able to watch the august body in action.
Before posing for photos, Beasley addressed those gathered Monday, saying she and the associate justices were “super excited” to be in Asheboro as they commemorate the court’s 200th year.
“We know it takes a lot of work to accommodate the court, in the courtroom and outside the courtroom, all of the security,” she said, in reference to the presence of numerous law enforcement officers and a series of barricades that restricted traffic on Worth Street outside the courthouse.
“And we know how much time and effort it takes. We just cannot thank you enough,” she added. “You have to know as the court commemorates its 200th anniversary, we’ve had the permission of the legislature to travel, last year, this year and it will end next year. Unfortunately, we cannot reach all 100 counties, but it was really important for us to be here in Randolph County because of the historic nature of this county and the towns around it. We thank you so much for all of your help. We thank you for welcoming us so very much. We are really excited about holding court here.”
On Tuesday, Beasley and five of the six associate justices — Anita Earls, Sam J. Ervin IV, Robin E. Hudson, Michael R. Morgan and Paul Martin Newby, the lone Republican and a Randolph County native — will hold two sessions (9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.) at the 1909 Historic Courthouse. Associate Justice Mark A. Davis will not be attending as he will be observing Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and cannot travel before sundown.
Because the historic courtroom space is so limited, Randolph Community College will livestream the sessions from 9:30 a.m. until noon in the JB & Claire Davis Corporate Training Center, in the Continuing Education and Industrial Center on the Asheboro Campus.
For those who prefer social media, the NC Administrative Office of the Courts will Facebook Live the proceedings at Facebook.com/NCcourts.