Local Politics

Report outlines role of state supreme court

Posted October 23, 2008 2:15 p.m. EDT

— The Federalist Society, a nationwide organization of lawyers and students, released a non-partisan report Thursday on the North Carolina Supreme Court and the upcoming election.

North Carolina voters choose justices for the supreme court on a non-partisan ballot -- the justices are not identified by party. According to the authors of the report, the judicial philosophies of the candidates are the means voters can use to make their selection.

In the report, the authors outline recent decisions by the court and the existing philosophy of the justices.

"Under our current non-partisan election system, North Carolina voters have the opportunity to serve as a 'check' on the judiciary," the report concludes.

The Triangle Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society will host a forum for judicial candidates Monday night at the Cardinal Club in the Wachovia Building in downtown Raleigh.

You can watch the forum on WRAL.com.