Paul Martin Newby was born in Asheboro, N.C. He received his B.A. degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. Justice Newby has served on the Supreme Court of North Carolina since 2004. Justice Newby is an Eagle Scout and serves as Scoutmaster Emeritus of Troop 11 and as a board member of Occoneechee Council. Justice Newby has been married to Macon Tucker Newby since 1983, and they have four children.