- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The incoming chief justice of North Carolina’s Supreme Court is being honored in an installation ceremony which Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to attend.

McCrory announced two weeks ago Associate Justice Mark Martin would be elevated to the chief’s position when Justice Sarah Parker retired at the end of August. An investiture ceremony was scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Supreme Court building in downtown Raleigh.

Martin will remain in the position at least through the end of the year. He is running in November for a full eight-year term as chief justice against Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

The 51-year-old Martin has been on the seven-member Supreme Court since 1999. The chief justice is considered the head of the state court system.

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