by Jordan Green

Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, the questions are directed at candidates for statewide judicial office. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks.


1. Name at least one way that a case may come before the NC Supreme Court.

2. How many judges sit on an NC Court of Appeals panel?

3. What are some of the provisions of the state constitution’s Declaration of Rights section that outline protection of citizens through the courts?

Judge Robert C. Hunter, candidate for NC Supreme Court

1. There’s several. One is the dissent, obviously, from the Court of Appeals. The other is when the Supreme Court grants cert. There’s three others: a death penalty case, a significant constitutional case and a general rate-making utilities case. [ ]

2. There are three on a panel. [ ]

3. I can’t remember the exact language. [X]

Judge Martha Geer, candidate for NC Court of Appeals (Geer seat)

1. Through a dissent on the court of appeals. [ ]

2. Three. [ ]

3. Just like the federalconstitution, we have a freespeech. What’s di’ erent inthe state constitution is wehave a right to a sound, basiceducation. [%u017E-]

John Bloss, candidate for NC Court of Appeals (Wynn seat)

1. One way is by discretionary review if there’s a unanimous decision by the court of appeals. If you have split decision, you have a right to

2. Three judge panels. There are 15 total judges up there. [ ]

3. I believe there is a right in the constitution to redress in the state courts.

Correct Answers

1. A dissent is filed in a Court of Appeals decision, the Supreme Court grants cert, a murder conviction in which the death penalty is applied is appealed and a significant state constitutional question is raised. ///

2. Three. ///

3. “All courts shall be open; every person for an injury done him in his lands, goods, person, or reputation shall have remedy by due course of law; and right and justice shall be administered without favor, denial or delay.”