State Supreme Court justices traveling to the East this week

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North Carolina Supreme Court justices are traveling to the East this week to celebrate its bicentennial anniversary.

They are in Halifax County Monday.

Tuesday, they will be in Pitt County.

Wednesday, the seven justices will hear oral arguments in Craven County at New Bern City Hall.

“It will be an opportunity for the local residents, the local bar students, and others to have an opportunity to see and meet with justices,” District Attorney Scott Thomas said.”They will see two oral arguments, a civil case, and a criminal case, here in New Bern.”

Thomas said it is likely New Bern was selected since the city is the former state capital.

He said that New Bern natives, both past and present, serve on the court.

“When the Supreme Court was initially formed in 1819, it only had three justices,” Thomas said. “One of the original justices was William Gaston. He was from New Bern, so that is significant. Now, we have another New Bern native on the court, Michael Morgan.”

Associate Justice Michael Morgan grew up in New Bern.

His father, Leander Morgan, was the first and only black mayor of the city.

The city hung a photo of the former mayor in City Hall ahead of this week’s hearings.

“It will be an opportunity for him to come back home where he grew up and was educated in the schools of Craven County,” Thomas said.

Thomas said many of the seats reserved are for local students who will get a rare chance to see justices hear cases outside of Raleigh.

The first argument begins 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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