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Chief Judge John Charles Martin Chief Judge
John Charles Martin


Early Years

Born in Durham, Durham County, November 9, 1943, to C.B. Martin and Mary Blackwell Pridgen Martin (both deceased).


Personal Information

Married to Margaret Rand Martin. Five children, seven grandchildren.

Educational Background

Durham High School, 1961; Wake Forest University, BA, 1965; Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, 1967; The National Judicial College, General Jurisdiction Program, 1979; Justice Executives Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982.

Professional Background

Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals; 1985-88, 1993-2004, Chief Judge 2004-present; Resident Judge, North Carolina Superior Court, 14th Judicial District, 1977-84; Law Practice, Maxwell, Martin, Freeman & Beason, 1988-92; Haywood, Denny and Miller, 1969-77; United States Army, Military Police Corps 1967-1969.

Professional Organizations

Chairman, North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission, 2001-present; North Carolina Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, 2004-present;North Carolina Judicial Council, 2004-present; North Carolina Judicial Branch Education Study Committee, 2001-2003; North Carolina Judicial College Advisory Board, 2004-present; North Carolina State Bar; Tenth Judicial District Bar; NC Bar Association (Vice President 1997-1998; Chair, Administration of Justice Study Committee, 1990-1992; Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee, 1990; Convention Planning Committee 1997-2001; Administration of Justice Task Force 1995-96; Bench Bar and Law School Liaison Committee 1987-1991; Litigation Section Council 1991-94; Appellate Rules Study Committee 1999-present); Wake County Bar Association; Durham County Bar Association (Board of Directors, 1991-92); American Bar Association (Judicial Administration Division, Appellate Judges Conference); Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal (Education Committee, 2008; Financial Committee, 2009-2012; Executive Committee, 2010-present; Secretary-Treasurer, 2011-12; President-Elect, 2012-2013; President, 2013-2014); North Carolina Judicial Conference (Vice President, 1999-2000); Chair, Leadership Development Course, Durham Chamber of Commerce, 1974; Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association (1988- 92); Panel of Arbitrators, Duke University Private Adjudication Center (1988-92); Arbitrator, United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina (1988-92); North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (1988-92); North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (1988- 92); NC Conference of Superior Court Judges, 1977-1984 (Pattern Jury Instructions Drafting Committee, 1978-1984; Trial Judges' Bench Book Drafting Committee, 1984-1987); North Carolina News Media/Administration of Justice Council, 1987; Legislative Research Commission Study Committee on the Rules of Evidence, 1980; State-Federal Judicial Council of NC (Chair 1987).


Honors And Awards

John J. Parker Award by North Carolina Bar Association, 2013; Outstanding Young Man of the Year, City of Durham, 1976; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in the South and Southwest.

Community Activities

Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1986-present; Alumni Council, Wake Forest University, 1993-1996 and 1997-2001; Board of Directors, Appalachian State University Parents Association, 2001-2004;Wake Forest University Parents Council, 2007-2009; Christ Episcopal Church, Raleigh, NC; Former member, Epworth United Methodist Church, Durham, NC (Trustee; Administrative Board; Chair, Staff-Parish Committee); Durham City Council (1975- 1977, Chair, Public Works Committee); Durham Boards for Salvation Army and Red Cross (1970s).

Military Service

US Army, 1st Lieutenant, 1967-1969, Military Police Corps., Army Commendation Medal.

 
 
   
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