In 2015, Chief Justice Mark Martin established the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice ("Commission") to evaluate our judicial system and to make recommendations to improve the administration of justice. On March 16, 2017, after nearly two years of comprehensive work, the Commission released its Final Report, which is available here or at www.nccalj.org/final-report. As a member of the Commission, I know firsthand that this report reflects an extensive study of many serious issues affecting our state judicial system and hard work by the Commission's members and staff. The Commission had the benefit of information from a number of presenters with informed and varied points of view and the excellent support of the Commission's staff.
I ask that you read the Final Report and give its recommendations serious thought and consideration. As stated in the Preamble to our Rules of Professional Conduct, "As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice, and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession." The Report of the NCCALJ addresses all of those issues and will guide our profession in helping the State achieve improvements in each of those areas.
On behalf of The State Bar Council, I want to thank the Chief Justice for his vision and dedication to the future of our justice system and applaud the hard work of the Commission and its staff.
Mark W. Merritt
North Carolina State Bar