Permanent Home for NC Rules of Appellate Procedure on NC Courts Webpage

By Gregg F. Schwitzgebel III

Please know there is now a dedicated page on the North Carolina Courts website for the N.C. Rules of Appellate Procedure:

On this page, one has access to an up-to-date codification (7 January 2019 version, attached) of the Rules, as well as to slip orders that have yet to be published in the North Carolina Reports.

The Supreme Court’s Office of Administrative Counsel seeks to continuously update this codification to incorporate new amendments ordered by the Supreme Court, so that there will be consistent access to a current set of the Rules.

In addition to the direct link above, the page can be manually accessed through the website as follows:

Home > Courts > Supreme Court > Court Rules > North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure

Home > Courts > Court of Appeals > Court Rules > North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure

Our Section thanks the Office of Administrative Counsel for bringing this exciting new development to fruition.


New Year, New Rules: Amended Rules of Appellate Procedure Are Now In Effect

By Jeff Kelly 

While 2019 is not on track to become the futuristic landscape predicted in Blade Runner, the new year brings new Rules of Appellate Procedure and takes steps toward a paperless appellate practice.

On Dec. 19, 2018, the Supreme Court of North Carolina issued an order amending the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The order can be found here, and it “affects Rule 3, 3.1, 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, 18, 26, 28, 30, 37, 41, 42 (new) and Appendixes A, B, and D.”

The majority of these changes relate to appeals from cases involving the termination of parental rights, which are now directly appealed to the Supreme Court of North Carolina. There are, however, changes to the Appellate Rules that will affect all practitioners, including adjustments to when appellant briefs are due, reduction in the volume of paper documents filed with appellate courts, and new rules concerning sealed documents and protected information.

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Launching the Appellate Practice Section Blog with Exciting News!

By Jeff Kelly 

The Appellate Practice Section is pleased to join the network of Sections and Divisions providing great content through the North Carolina Bar Association’s NCBarBlog. Tyler Brooks and I are working together to publish blog content for the Appellate Practice Section, and we encourage our members to contact us with proposals for blog posts and announcements.

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