The North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, convened by Chief Justice Mark Martin, is an independent, multidisciplinary commission that will undertake a comprehensive evaluation of our judicial system and make recommendations for strengthening our courts within the existing administrative framework. Chief Justice Martin described the need for this Commission in his 2015 State of the Judiciary Address, and announced the Commission Co-Chairs in May 2015.

Chief Justice Martin has invited participation from the General Assembly. The commission’s work will provide a basis for discussion with the General Assembly to help ensure North Carolina’s Judicial Branch meets the needs of our citizens and their expectations for a modern court system. The commission will finalize its findings and recommendations in a series of reports that will be presented to the Chief Justice and made available to the public in early 2017.

Note: The Commission completed its work on July 31, 2017. See the Final Report for more information.

Chief Justice Mark Martin

Chief Justice Martin is the 28th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He was appointed Chief Justice on September 1, 2014 and was subsequently elected to an eight year term starting January 1, 2015. Chief Justice Martin has been a member of the Supreme Court since first being elected as an associate justice in 1998. He has authored more than 400 appellate decisions during his tenure on the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He is the only sitting judge in North Carolina who has served on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Court. Chief Justice Martin is dedicated to strengthening and advancing the Rule of Law. Read more.

Commission Staff

Will Robinson – Executive Director
Emily Portner – Research Associate
Roxana Zelada-Lewis – Office Manager

Prior Court Reform Commissions

In his Welcome Remarks and Commission Charge given at the NCCALJ’s inaugural meeting on September 30, 2015, Chief Justice Martin noted that North Carolina has a, “proud tradition of inquiry and innovation that has directly shaped the courts we know today.  Twice before in our state’s history, multi-disciplinary commissions of leaders from throughout this state have convened to conduct objective, comprehensive evaluations of the administration of justice in our courts.”  Those two previous court reform efforts are:

The Committee on Improving and Expediting the Administration of Justice in North Carolina (The Bell Committee) – 1955-1963

The Bell Committee Final Report, December 1958

The Commission for the Future of Justice and the Courts in North Carolina (The Medlin Commission) – 1994-1996

The Medlin Commission Final Report, December 1996

More Information

2015 State of the Judiciary Address
May 2015 Co-Chair Announcement
Co-Chairs and Committees