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Martin starts 8-year term as North Carolina chief justice

RALEIGH (AP) — The top judge on North Carolina’s highest court took his oath of office for a new eight-year term Monday morning.

About 600 people attended the investiture of Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin, filling the Supreme Court chambers and overflow areas in the N.C. Museum of History, where a video feed of the event was broadcast.

The oath of office was administered by Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr. Gov. Pat McCrory, William T. “Bill” Robinson III, and 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James A. Wynn Jr. delivered remarks.

Martin is the state’s 28th chief justice. He was elected in November, but has served in the role the past four months. Gov. Pat McCrory elevated Martin to the role to replace Sarah Parker, a Democrat who reached the mandatory retirement age of 72.

Martin has been serving on the Supreme Court since first being elected in 1998. He rose from the lower-level Court of Appeals and Superior Court. He’s a graduate of Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina law school.

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