In November, state voters will sift through a numbing 19 candidates to fill an open seat on the state Court of Appeals.
For the next four months, Gov. Pat McCrory is counting on Lisa Bell to help keep order.
McCrory chose the Superior Court judge and fellow Charlotte Republican to temporarily fill the seat of retiring appellate Chief Judge John Martin.
Bell’s promotion to the state’s second-highest court ends Dec. 31, but it adds another high-profile post to an accelerating judicial career.
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On Jan. 1, Bell will be sworn in as a resident Superior Court judge in Mecklenburg County. In her current role as a special Superior Court judge, she has traveled the state for the past 15 months to hear cases.
“I’m honored and deeply appreciative to the governor for this opportunity,” Bell said Friday. “I look forward to serving for the next four months, but also to returning to Charlotte to resume my duties.”
Bell served four terms as a District Court judge in Mecklenburg and was appointed chief District judge in 2008. She was appointed to Superior Court in 2013 and will be running unopposed in November to fill the seat of retiring Mecklenburg Superior Court Judge Richard Boner.
“Judge Bell has been a tremendous asset to our state’s judiciary, first as a District Court judge and now as a special Superior Court judge,” McCrory said in announcing Bell’s appointment. “Her dedication, wisdom and experience will serve our state well, and I look forward to her continued service on the Court of Appeals.”
Bell is a graduate of Wake Forest University and UNC School of Law. As a private attorney, she specialized in family law and also served as an attorney advocate with the Children’s Law Center.
The 19 candidates seeking Martin’s seat include John Arrowood of Charlotte, a former member of the appeals court.