RCC celebrating N.C. Supreme Court bicentennial, Constitution Day

ASHEBORO (Aug. 28, 2019)

Randolph Community College is hosting three events in the coming weeks to celebrate the bicentennial of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and Constitution Day.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will speak from 10-10:45 a.m. in the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center auditorium on the Asheboro Campus. Beasley’s topic will be the status of our courts and her goals and objectives as Chief Justice. Similar talks have been described for publication as “The Impact of Modernizing the Courts.”

For Constitution Day, Sept. 17, Senior Associate Justice and Randolph County native Paul Newby will speak from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the R. Alton Cox Learning Resources Center auditorium.

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, RCC will live stream the Supreme Court in session from 9:30 a.m.-noon from the old Randolph County Courthouse in the JB & Claire Davis Corporate Training Center, located in the Continuing Education and Industrial Center on the Asheboro Campus. The Supreme Court will hear two cases with a 30-minute break in between.

The Supreme Court of North Carolina is the state’s highest court, and there is no further appeal from its decisions on matters of state law. It is made up of the Chief Justice, who also serves as head of the Judicial Branch, and six associate justices. Each justice serves an eight-year term. The Supreme Court has no jury and makes no determinations of fact, but it considers whether error occurred at trial or in judicial interpretation of the law.

All three events are free and open to the public and seating is first come, first served.