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Raleigh lawmaker to host bipartisan town hall event on threats to NC’s independent judiciary

Rep. Cynthia Ball

Folks who haven’t yet gotten fully up to speed regarding the ongoing effort at the General Assembly to raze and remake the North Carolina courts system may want to check out a bipartisan event next week being sponsored by State Representative Cynthia Ball of Wake County.

This is from the announcement distributed by her office:

Threats to an Independent Judiciary

Raleigh, N.C. – On Tuesday, January 30th, Representative Cynthia Ball will host her fifth nonpartisan Town Hall Forum. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from former Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Don Stephens, former NC Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr, and Dr. David McLennan, Professor of Political Science at Meredith College, about recent laws and proposals that affect the way North Carolinian’s select their judges. This is a highly controversial issue that has stirred the public interest and attracted national media coverage.  This Forum will provide the public an opportunity to hear from experts and become better informed.

Anyone wishing to come—regardless of whether they reside in NC House District 49—is invited to attend.

The Town Hall Forum will be held on Tuesday, January 30th, at Meredith College’s Ledford Hall, Room 101, located at 3800 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Registration will begin at 6:30 PM. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. There will be ample opportunity for questions from the audience.

In announcing the forum, Rep. Ball noted:

“There may be no more important issue before our General Assembly today than proposals that impact the independence of our judiciary. Redrawing district maps and changing the way we select judges may pose a threat to our democratic system of checks and balances. This Forum will shed important light regarding what is at stake regarding the future of North Carolina’s judiciary.”

To RSVP, please contact Rep. Ball’s office at ballla@ncleg.net  / 919-733-5860 or via Facebook at facebook.com/events/281050622423967/

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