Meet Chief Justice
Cheri Beasley is the first African-American woman in the North Carolina Supreme Court’s 200-year history to serve as Chief Justice. She has been on the state’s highest court since 2012 and was named Chief Justice in March of 2019.
As Chief Justice, Beasley leads the entire judicial branch of government, more than 6,500 elected officials and employees. Justice Beasley also served four years as an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and was a District Court Judge for a decade in the 12th Judicial District in Cumberland County.
Cheri Beasley’s commitment to fair and accessible courts extends beyond the halls of justice. She has mentored countless students and judges, lectures at area law schools, and travels nationwide and abroad to promote the rule of law, the administration of justice, the importance of an independent judiciary and fair judicial selection.
Cheri Beasley has been on the bench for more than 20 years, and before that she was a public defender. She believes passionately in having an independent judicial branch that administers justice fairly. But she also knows the courts can play an important role in helping people better their lives. That’s why she’ll continue working to make our court system more transparent, fair and accessible for every North Carolinian.