The Department of Justice provides a legal counsel who advises the Commission on questions of law. At Commission meetings, the counsel sits to the left of the Chairman, and does not actively participate in the meeting unless asked a legal question. The counsel does play an active role in individual certification hearings.
The legal counsel also attends rule-making hearings to advise on the wording and legality of proposed amendments or additions to the rules.
The Commission's current legal counsel is Mr. Hal Askins.
Mr. Hal Askins
Special Deputy Attorney General
NC Department of Justice
Law Enforcement Liaison Section
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Phone (919) 716-6500
Fax (919) 716-6762