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North Carolina's Three Branches of Government

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Amanda Jordan

on 8 April 2013

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North Carolina's Three Branches of Government By Amanda Jordan Legislative Branch Judicial Branch What we do... The Supreme Court More Court News... The General Assembly The Senate The House of Representatives What we do... What we do... More of Who we are... Who we are... Executive Branch The Executive Branch of government is the branch that enforces laws. Executive branch also prepares the state budget. The governor of North Carolina is the head of the Executive branch. The Governor signs bills that become laws. The governor of North Carolina is Patrick McCrory. He serves as Governor for 4 years. The Lieutenant Governor is Dan Forest. He serves as a back up for the Governor. He is also the head of the Senate, which is in the Legislative branch. He serves as Lieutenant Governor for 4 years. The Legislative Branch makes the laws for North Carolina. This branch consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. These two together make up the General Assembly. The Senate has 50 members. Elections are held every 2 years. The Lieutenant Governor is the head of the Senate. The Lieutenant Governor does not vote in the Senate except to break a tie. (NC Government) The House of Representatives has 120 members. Elections are held every 2 years. Their main job is to create laws. Before a bill can become a law, it has to be passed by the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Governor. The Governor can either veto the bill or sign it into a law. The General Assembly is made up of 120 members from the House of Representatives and 50 members from the Senate. The General Assembly has the responsibility of discussing the bills, writing the bills, and planning the laws. (Czaikowski, Augu) The Judicial Branch interprets what our laws mean and makes decisions about the laws and those who break them. It is made up of several courts. Those are the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, Superior Courts, and District Courts. (Czaikowski, Augu) The Supreme Court is the highest ranking court. It has a chief justice and 6 associate judges. They are elected into 8 year terms. The Supreme Court hears cases that are appealed from lower courts. It also has the right to determine errors in legal procedures, as well as, the interpretation of the law. The Supreme Court does not have a jury. (Czaikowski, Augu) North Carolina is divided up into 8 sections. These sections define the Superior Court districts. There are 46 districts. These courts hear and make decisions on cases involving criminal cases, as well as, appeals from the district court cases.

District court cases handle most of the court cases like traffic violations. There are 239 district court judges in North Carolina. (Czaikowski, Augu) Resources Cited Czaikowski, M. (Augu). Retrieved from http://ncpedia.org/government

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How a bill becomes a law. (2011). Retrieved from
http://kids.clerk.house.gov/grade-school/lesson.html?intID=17 (NC Government) (NC Government) The Cabinet reports directly to the Governor. The Cabinet consists of: Administration
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