If you handle appeals in North Carolina, you need a copy of the Style Guide. This guide is put together by the state’s Appellate Rules Committee and updated regularly.
I’ve had to handle appeals in other states, where I don’t normally practice, and it’s a huge disappointment when a state…Continue Reading Appellate Style Guide Updated
As you likely know, our Court of Appeals stays quite busy. That is no less…Continue Reading Law Clerk Wanted: North Carolina Court of Appeals
Justice Trey Allen was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview. At…Continue Reading A Conversation with Justice Allen
Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make…Continue Reading Judge Riggs Appointed on Monday; Issues COA Opinions on Tuesday; On Supreme Court Bench Wednesday
The Supreme Court of North Carolina gets a lot of questions and filings from unrepresented litigants. Often, those folks are in the wrong court (they should be in the Court…Continue Reading Supreme Court Offers Appellate Advice for Unrepresented Litigants
Before filing a complaint, make sure you have the correct name of your plaintiff. Otherwise, when you amend the complaint to add the correct plaintiff, you may lose the benefit…Continue Reading Court of Appeals Emphasizes Importance of Identifying the Proper Plaintiff
In a short order issued last week, the North Carolina Supreme Court narrowly voted to vacate a Court of Appeals’ opinion in connection with dismissing an appeal on mootness grounds. …Continue Reading When an appeal becomes moot, should the lower court opinion be vacated?
Equitable distribution orders often direct the payment of money from one former spouse to the other. And normally money judgments are entirely enforceable during an appeal, unless the appellant gets…Continue Reading Enforcing Equitable Distribution Orders During an Appeal