Intriguing Shake-Up: North Carolina’s Chief Justice Makes Surprising Move in Appointing New Leader of Appeals Court

RALEIGH, NC – In an unconventional move, North Carolina’s chief justice has replaced the next leader of the state’s intermediate-level appeals court. The Court of Appeals typically follows a tradition where the most senior judge assumes the role of chief judge. However, Chief Justice Paul Newby has appointed Judge Chris Dillon as the new chief judge, taking effect on Monday. This decision has raised eyebrows and prompted speculation about potential political motivations. The chief judge of the Court of Appeals is responsible for overseeing the court’s administration, including assigning members to three-judge panels and scheduling … Read more