Chief judge of N.C. Court of Appeals retiring

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — The chief judge of North Carolina's Court of Appeals for more than a decade is stepping down in a few weeks.

Judge John Martin told court staff by email of his decision to retire Aug. 1. Martin says he sent a retirement letter Tuesday to Gov. Pat McCrory.

The 70-year-old Durham County native joined the appeals court in 1985 and became its leader in 2004. The 15-judge court meets in three-judge panels to hear appeals mostly on trial court cases. Some of those cases are ultimately appealed to the state Supreme Court.

The retirement means there will be a November election for his seat.

The chief justice appoints the chief judge from among the court's judges. Chief Justice Sarah Parker is retiring Aug. 31.

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