The Republican has spent more than 20 years on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. His resignation is effective February 28.
“It has been the highest of honors to serve the people of North Carolina as their Chief Justice,” Martin said. “I will forever cherish the memories of serving with so many amazing and capable people. It is now time to direct my focus to helping prepare the next generation of leaders.”
The vacancy will be filled by Gov. Roy Cooper and the seat will be up for election in 2020.