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Departing State Chief Justice Speaks Out About Job's Challenges

Posted January 24, 2006 5:36 a.m. EST

— The North Carolina Supreme Court will have a different look next week. Chief Justice I. Beverly turns 72 on Monday, the mandatory retirement age on the state's highest court.

Associate Justice Sarah Parker was appointed by Governor Easley to fill the vacancy. On top of that, the state constitution requires her to run for her seat in November's election.

"The Chief Justice not only has to keep up with the court work of all the justices, but has to go out and supervise the running of the entire court system statewide," said Chief Justice Lake. "Making all the appointments and hiring and firing, what have you, and campaigning. So there's three full-time jobs in one."

Chief Justice Lake wouldn't say what's on the horizon after 12 years on the high court. When asked about political aspirations, he wouldn't rule out a run for office.