Beasley delivers her first “State of the Judiciary” speech

Cheri Beasley to become first African American woman Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (Photo: WTVD)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s new chief justice is ready to talk about her vision for the state court system and ways to modernize it.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley planned to deliver a “State of the Judiciary” address on Saturday at the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual meeting in Asheville.

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Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Beasley to the top post in the judicial branch in March, making her the first black woman as the state’s chief justice. She served as a District Court judge and later a Court of Appeals judge before then-Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed her to become a Supreme Court associate justice in 2012.

The chief justice’s position opened up with the resignation of then-Chief Justice Mark Martin from the seven-member court.