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Chief Appeals Judge celebrates 30 years
News image“I do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without favoritism to anyone or to the State, …” Thirty years ago, John Martin of Durham, N.C., said these words as he was sworn to become a Superior Court Judge. Today, Judge Martin is Chief Judge of our state’s Court of Appeals.

Judge Martin graduated high school in Durham, then attended Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Law School (1967). While in law school, he worked during the summers as a police officer at Virginia Beach. It was a natural thing to enlist in the Army as a military police officer. Returning home, he practiced law in his home town and even found time to serve on the Durham City Council.

Judge Martin has just completed his eighteenth year on the state’s second highest court, his fourth as Chief Judge.

His desire to go one step further is widely known among the legal community. He has served the past seven years as Chairman of the Judicial Standards Commission that investigates complaints of misconduct on the part of judges, is a member of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and is a member of the N.C. Judicial Council. He participated in the creation of our state’s judicial college at the UNC School of Government to provide training and continuing education to court officials and employees of the N.C. court system.

His service to our state continues, even to his old school, as a member of the Wake Forest School of Law Board of Visitors for more than 20-years, two terms on the Alumni Council and on the Parents’ Council.

In his spare time, his family says he is quite a cook. Judge Martin won a blue ribbon at the state fair a couple of years ago for his famous blueberry muffins. Knowing Judge Martin, I am sure if someone called or emailed, he would stop what he was doing to share the recipe!
Publish Date: 12/21/2007
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