CONSIDER THE COURT

If you thought this post was going to be about the NBA playing basketball again in their big bubble in Orlando, consider yourself had.

This is instead a look at where the judiciary is in North Carolina and how much things have changed since the reform majority was elected and began its efforts after the 2010 election to bring reform and jobs to North Carolina through tax cuts and changes in heavy-handed state government of business, to achieve higher average teacher pay for help our children’s education, and bring about other tremendous accomplishments for our state.

After the 2008 election, even though there was no reform majority in either branch of the NC General Assembly, no reform-minded governor or lieutenant governor, conservatives held a 4-3 conservative majority on the state Supreme Court.

My, how things have changed.

That conservative advantage on the Court has eroded over the last ten years to the point that the NC Supreme Court is currently made up of six justices who lean liberal, and one who leans conservative. A 6-1 liberal court. It’s hard to imagine how anything just and fair can come out of a Court that is that tilted to the left and that unbalanced.

This year, there are races for Supreme Court Justice for Chief Justice, Seat 2 and Seat 4 – three seats.

The typical difference in the make-up of the Court is that the liberals tend to be more activist, to get creative and legislate from the bench – while the conservative judges believe judges should stick to interpreting the Constitution and stand by the Rule of Law.

Why does it matter which group has the advantage in our state Supreme Court? The Court has the final say on all legal matters so it not only deals with constitutional matters like 2nd Amendment issues, abortion issues, Voter ID, and other issues of freedom, it sets the tone for our entire criminal justice system, something that is important at this time of social and civic unrest where some seem to want to tear down our system of law and order. Its primary job is to consider whether error occurred at trial or in judicial interpretation of the law.

The state Supreme Court often is called on to decide issues that arise from the drawing of legislative and Congressional district maps during redistricting – something that will be coming up after the current census is finalized.

We have seen in recent years how the courts have stymied the will of the people in Voter ID cases and by invalidating legitimate legislative action. In a time when the public debate is over government power, law and order, religious freedom, socialism versus free enterprise, censorship and free speech, the character of our courts is more important than ever.

Do your research on these critical positions that uphold that important third branch of government – our judiciary – that protects our Constitutional freedoms.