Under current law, the Governor may appoint a replacement whenever a judicial or district attorney position becomes open, which occurs from time to time due to resignation, mandatory retirement, or
Continue Reading Bill Would Require Judicial, District Attorney Vacancies to Be Filled By Party of Previous Officeholder

A couple of years ago, the North Carolina Supreme Court found itself with a heftier docket, thanks to new laws like the Business Court Modernization Act that sent certain appeals
Continue Reading Bill Would Give Court of Appeals En Banc Jurisdiction and Make Appellate Races Partisan Again; Eliminate Direct Appeal To Supreme Court From Orders Declaring Law Facially Invalid

A few months ago, Carrie blogged about the dismissal of the State’s appeal by the Court of Appeals in North Carolina State Board of Education v. State of North Carolina 
Continue Reading Not So Fast: Supreme Court of North Carolina Reinstates Board of Education Appeal

On September 15 of this year, we blogged about how the Business Court Modernization Act’s amendment to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-27 appeared to create concurrent jurisdiction in the Supreme
Continue Reading General Assembly Amends Section 7A-27 To (Mostly) Fix The Jurisdictional Problems Created By The Business Court Modernization Act

Over the past few months, we have shared several  potential problems created by the Business Court Modernization Act.  Nonetheless, we held a few potential traps close to our vest because,
Continue Reading A Perfect Storm (Part I): How One Business Court Order’s Pathway To Appellate Review Is To Two Different Courts.

Way back in January, a bill was introduced that would have “restore[d] partisan statewide judicial elections.”  That is, the bill would have required Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
Continue Reading Eleventh-Hour Bill Could Add Partisan Labels on Ballots for Candidates for Court of Appeals