Court adjourned: Judge Howard Manning retires
Posted July 24, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Superior Court Judge Howard Manning adjourned his court for the final time Friday.
Manning will officially retire at the end of the month, having reached the state's mandatory retirement age for judges of 72.
He was the first Republican judge elected in a statewide Superior Court race in 1988.
Manning is most known for handling the long-running "Leandro" case in which the North Carolina Supreme Court ordered that the state constitution guarantees every child a sound, basic education. After six months off the bench, he plans to return as a special senior Superior Court judge and will continue to oversee the state's efforts to meet the dictates of the Leandro ruling.
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell, acting on behalf of Gov. Pat McCrory, presented Manning on Friday with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the top honor for service to the state.