The North Carolina Court of Appeals has a new chief judge.  Effective January 1, 2024, Chief Justice Newby has appointed Senior Associate Judge Chris Dillon as the new chief of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Judge Dillon has served on the Court of Appeals for nearly 11 years, placing him second in seniority under the Court’s rules.

Judge Dillion steps into a role held by Chief Judge Donna Stroud since January 2021.  Judge Stroud, who will continue to serve as a Judge on the Court, helped to usher the Court of Appeals out of a difficult COVID period, including more permanent virtual oral argument options and reducing the Court’s post-Covid backlog.

Congratulations to Chief Judge Dillon, as well as our continuing appreciation to outgoing Chief Judge Stroud for her service.

–Bob Edmunds