N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice speaks to students in Greenville


North Carolina Supreme Court’s newly appointed Chief Justice made a stop in the East Monday, speaking to high school and college students.      

WNCT’s Amber Joseph has more on how she’s helping educate the students on our court system. 

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley spoke to hundreds of students in Greenville Monday, educating them on our justice system but also speaking with them about their school and career goals. 

“We want them engaged. We want them to be concerned about the issues happening in their community, and be thinking about wonderful solutions that they can offer,” said Beasley. 

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley shared her own personal experiences to students in Pitt County Schools having served 20 years in our state’s courts but in the top position on the supreme court since March. 

She also visited South Central High School, Pitt Community College, and East Carolina University. Now the court is working to show young people the importance of civic education. 

“It is important for them to know as future voters and those that will decide the issues important to them and those who will be engaged in our communities and helping people understand why they ought to care and what’s important,” Beasley said.    

As part of their initiative, the Supreme Court will hold cases across our state to help people understand the court system and how it functions. 

“Maybe someone might be inspired and one day they see themselves as a judge or a lawyer,” said Beasley.

J.H. Rose High School Junior Araceli Cooper is passionate about the law and Chief Justice Beasley is one of her inspirations. 

“I think I took away that if I have a goal which I do in going to law school and possibly becoming a justice like her one day that I can set it and somehow reach it,” said Cooper.  

“I’m encouraged, the reality is that we are in very good hands with the next generation,” Beasley said. 

This isn’t Beasley’s last visit to Greenville, she’ll return to give people a first-hand look inside of a hearing. 

The Supreme Court of North Carolina will sit here in Pitt County to hear oral arguments on May 14 in commemoration of the courts 200th anniversary. 

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