Celebrate 200 Years of the Supreme Court of North Carolina

Learn about the Supreme Court, its history, visit the exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History, and watch the documentary.

Law and Justice Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History

The Supreme Court of North Carolina celebrated its 200th anniversary throughout 2019. Created by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1818, the Supreme Court held its first session in January 1819 and has remained the state’s highest appellate court for 200 years. 

The Supreme Court invites you to virtually visit its exhibit celebrating the Court:

Law and Justice: The Supreme Court of North Carolina, 1819–2019
November 15, 2019 through April 3, 2021
North Carolina Museum of History

Supreme Court 200th Anniversary Exhibit Virtual Tour

Supreme Court 200th Anniversary seal

Supreme Court 200th Anniversary Museum Exhibit flyer


Join us in celebrating the bicentennial of the Supreme Court of North Carolina by experiencing an entertaining and informative documentary produced by documentarian Tom Earnhardt.

Earnhardt is an attorney, producer, writer, and host of the Emmy Award nominated television series Exploring North Carolina. Over the past three years, Earnhardt has devoted himself to the filming, writing, production, and editing of a documentary covering the history of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. The documentary, North Carolina Supreme Court at 200, will premiere at the North Carolina Museum of History on November 14 and broadcast on UNC-TV throughout 2019 and 2020. Check the UNC-TV program schedule for time and dates.

Learn About the Supreme Court

Justices of the Supreme CourtNorth Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society

N.C. Supreme Court Historical Society

Founding and Structure of the CourtNCPedia

Biographies, Published Opinions, and Histories

North Carolina State Archives

Supreme Court homepage

N.C. State Archives



Learn More History in North Carolina Reports and Published Books

Address On The History Of The Supreme Court, By Honorable Kemp P. Battle, LLD., 103 N.C. 339, 353 (1889)

History of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, 177 N.C. 649 (1919) (Clark, C.J.)

John V. Orth & Paul Martin Newby, The North Carolina State Constitution 50 (2d ed. 2013)

Justice James Iredell by Justice Willis P. Whichard

Supreme Court Volumes

Walter Clark: Fighting Judge by Aubrey Lee Brooks

A Warren Court of Our Own: The Exum Court and the Expansion of Individual Rights in North Carolina by Justice Mark A. Davis

Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp by Anna Hayes