Have you caught the latest episode of All Things Judicial, the podcast of the NC Judicial Branch?
If not, now’s the perfect time. The January 5 installment features highlights from some of the 25 episodes produced during the podcast’s inaugural 2021 season.
All Things Judicial was launched in February 2021. Since its debut, it has received approximately 6,000 downloads from listeners in 33 countries.
“The podcast focuses on the Judicial Branch’s role as an equal branch of state government by featuring interviews with recognizable Branch officials and covering the many functions, areas of responsibility, innovations, commissions, task forces, and roles within the Branch,” according to the NC Judicial Branch website.
Topics covered in the January 5 episode include the North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission, Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, Chief Justice’s Task Force on ACEs-Informed Courts, North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, and interviews regarding Black History Month and the Cherokee Sovereign Nation’s tribal courts.
Videos of the podcasts are available on the NCcourts YouTube channel.
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All Things Judicial Podcast
Here are synopses of recent episodes of All Things Judicial.
- December 22, 2021. This episode focuses on the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) and selected charities supported by Judicial Branch employees. Chief Justice Paul Newby gives a holiday greeting to Judicial Branch employees; he is followed by interviews with representatives from the SECC, Second Chance Pet Adoptions, North Carolina Museum of Art, and Families Together.
- December 8, 2021. This episode addresses the historic budget commitments made by the state legislature to the Judicial Branch in the bi-partisan spending plan passed in November 2021. The recent state budget made the largest investment ever in the Judicial Branch, fully funded eCourtsmodernization, and allowed the Branch to retain hundreds of employees essential to fulfilling the Branch’s constitutional mandate to keep courts open to administer justice. The episode is hosted by Legislative Liaison Joseph Kyzer and guests include Chuck Spahos, liaison for the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, and North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts Deputy Director Ryan Boyce.
- November 24, 2021. Chief Judge Monty Beck and Associate Judge Barbara “Sunshine” Parker discuss the structure of Cherokee Tribal Courts, jurisdiction over enrolled and non-enrolled individuals, and the effect that gaming has had on the Cherokee sovereign nation. Judge Beck and Judge Parker also offered themselves as resources for North Carolina attorneys and judges who have questions about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and how it applies in state courts.
- November 10, 2021. This show features a 2016 interview with the late North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge E. Maurice Braswell, who served as a tail gunner and bombardier in a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress named the “Flaming Arrow” that recorded 41 bombing missions against the Axis Powers during World War II. “Judge Braswell recounts several near misses and the harrowing experience of crash landing and being captured as a POW behind enemy lines. Through it all, Braswell shunned the title of hero and instead embodied a life of service to his country and home state of North Carolina.”
- October 28, 2021. This special Halloween episode looks at haunted NC courthouses. The episode explores the murder and alleged hauntings associated with the 1901 death of Elizabeth City resident Nell Cropsey. State Archivist Sarah Koonts walks through the original Supreme Court of North Carolina case files related to the trial of Cropsey’s accused murderer. Also in the episode, a “paranormal investigation team” conducts a “ghost hunt” in the historic Cumberland County courthouse.
Source: NC Judicial Branch
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