From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 715: The American system of constitutional government depends on citizens who hold a basic understanding of the way the system works. That’s why people like N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justices Sam Ervin IV and Paul Newby stress the importance of civics education. Chief Justice Mark Martin has charged Ervin and Newby with leading a statewide education campaign about North Carolina government, especially the role played by courts and the judicial branch. The two associate justices explain why they’re happy to discuss the topic in speeches across the state.