State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin spoke today at the John Locke Foundation about the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice he convened and the future of the court system.
Martin talked mostly about court technology and an e-filing system that is in the process of being implemented but he also discussed some political issues, including raising the age of juvenile prosecution and the opioid epidemic.
Here are some highlights from event:
“It’s a brave new world, and I think the thing that should encourages us in the e-courts effort is that 76 percent of Americans, according to the most recent polling data, want more court resources available online – and if you go below [age] 40, the number skyrockets to 86 percent.”
On a new Courthouse and Cyber Security Task Force Martin has commissioned:
“I’d rather be proactive as Chief Justice and make sure that our court facilities are safe than wake up a year and a half from now and realize that we have people that have been harmed because of our inaction, because government did not work well.”
On reasons the state is behind in court technology:
“Often times, we are behind other branches of government because we have not always been a favored beneficiary of appropriated funds.”
On efforts to raise the juvenile age of prosecution from 16 and 17 years old to 18 years old:
Martin explained that if a 16-year-old is arrested for stealing a $12 pendant from the mall, her name goes on the Internet and she quickly moves through the adult criminal system without a second thought and without any effort to restore the young person.
He added that 49 other states have made the change to raise the age.
“Why have we not made already made the change? I think it’s just inertia; government’s good at inertia, right?” Read more