The League of Women Voters of Moore County held its monthly luncheon meeting at Little River Golf Resort off US 15-501 in Carthage, NC, on October 16, 2018, with the Honorable James M. Webb, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for Moore County, NC, as the guest speaker.
With a capacity crowd of members and guests in attendance, Judge Webb addressed the topic of “The Impact of the Legislature on the Judicial Process in North Carolina.” Judge Webb outlined several areas in which legislative action and judicial decisions since 2014 have impacted, and continue to impact, the judicial process in North Carolina, including the proposed North Carolina Constitutional Amendments on the November 2018 ballot.
Judge Webb offered his insight on the proposed State Constitutional amendment to essentially take away from the Governor the authority to fill judicial vacancies by appointment and give that authority to the Legislature and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Judge Webb noted that all former living Governors of North Carolina and all former living Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court, both Republicans and Democrats, oppose this amendment.
In addition Judge Webb discussed such topics as, the Legislature’s mandated reduction in the use of Emergency/Retired Superior Court judges when needed and the negative impact on the State’s ability to cover terms of superior court statewide; mandatory retirement age for members of the State judiciary that does not apply to any other local or state elected official; and the effects of the North Carolina Supreme Court’s ruling that the North Carolina private school voucher program, as passed by the Legislature, was constitutional resulting in $67.5 million of taxpayers monies being allocated to private schools without requiring any academic standards to be met by those private schools with a projection that the Legislature will triple this amount over the next decade.
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Pictured Above: The Honorable James M. Webb and Jo Nicholas, President LWVMC