Raleigh, N.C. — After a four-month stint on the North Carolina Supreme Court, Justice Robert N. Hunter is heading back to the state Court of Appeals to take the place of the man who edged him out for an eight-year term on the high court.
Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Hunter, who had been serving as a Court of Appeals judge, as an associate justice on the state Supreme Court in August. He took the place of Mark Martin, who had just been elevated to chief justice.
At the time, Hunter, of Morehead City, was already running for state Supreme Court against Sam Ervin IV, a state Court of Appeals judge with whom Hunter had served. Ervin bested Hunter in November's election, creating a vacancy on the Court of Appeals that Hunter will now fill.
"I am grateful Justice Hunter has agreed to devote his considerable legal skills and experience to the continued service of our state," McCrory said in a statement Monday.