Judge Reuben F. Young became the newest member of the North Carolina Court of Appeals today, May 9, after taking the oath of office at a ceremony held at the Court of Appeals in Raleigh. Chief Judge Linda McGee presided over the special court session and administered the oath to Judge Young.
Accompanying Judge Young in the ceremony were his wife, Pamela T. Young, sons Brandon Young and Avery Young, and mother-in-law Lula G. Thorpe. Current members of the Court of Appeals also were in attendance. Judge Young joins one other new member of the Court of Appeals who took an oath of office two days prior.
Judge Young most recently served as Chief Deputy Secretary for Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. He also served for five years as a Special Superior Court Judge and as Secretary of the NC Department of Public Safety. Previously, Young was Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor and received the Distinguished Services Medal for his support of the North Carolina National Guard. He started his legal career in Austin, TX working as a prosecuting assistant attorney general and private practitioner. Judge Young returned to North Carolina in 1995 to work for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Young received his undergraduate degree from Howard University and his law degree from North Carolina Central University.
The Court of Appeals is the state's intermediate appellate court. The court has 15 judges who serve eight-year terms and hear cases in panels of three. The court is led by a Chief Judge who is appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeals decides only questions of law in cases appealed from superior and district courts and from some administrative agencies of the Executive Branch.