The North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, convened by Chief Justice Mark Martin, was an independent, multidisciplinary commission that will undertake a comprehensive evaluation of our judicial system and make recommendations for strengthening our courts within the existing administrative framework. Chief Justice Martin described the need for this Commission in his 2015 State of the Judiciary Address, and announced the Commission co-chairs in May 2015.
Chief Justice Martin invited participation from the General Assembly. The Commission’s work provides a basis for discussion with the General Assembly to help ensure North Carolina’s Judicial Branch meets the needs of our citizens and their expectations for a modern court system. The Commission finalized its findings and recommendations in a series of reports that were presented to the Chief Justice and made available to the public in early 2017.
Note: The Commission completed its work on July 31, 2017.
Committees and Members
The Commission’s diverse membership was divided into five committees corresponding to five areas of inquiry:
- Civil Justice
- Criminal Investigation and Adjudication
- Legal Professionalism
- Public Trust and Confidence
Commissioners are listed by committee. View the Commission members list.
Prior Court Reform Commissions
- The Committee on Improving and Expediting the Administration of Justice in North Carolina (The Bell Committee) – 1955-1963
The Bell Committee Final Report, December 1958
- The Commission for the Future of Justice and the Courts in North Carolina (The Medlin Commission) – 1994-1996
The Medlin Commission Final Report, December 1996