Published by the North Carolina Supreme Court, the Appellate Rules, as revised and as interpreted by caselaw, govern practice and procedure in North Carolina’s appellate courts.
The most recent codification of the Appellate Rules incorporates all amendments as of January 2021.
Orders showing the most recent amendments in redline are located at the links below.
Order Adopting Rule 31.1 of The North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure (effective December 22, 2016)
Order Amending Rule 7 of The North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure (effective March 16, 2017)
Order Amending Rules 28, 29, and 33.1 of The North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure (effective March 01, 2018)
Order Amending Rules 3, 3.1, 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, 18, 26, 28, 30, 37, 41, 42, and Appendixes A, B, D (effective January 01, 2019)
Order Amending Rules 3.1 and 33.1 (effective September 11, 2019)
Order Amending Rules 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 27, and 28, and Appendixes A and B of the Rules of Appellate Procedure (effective January 01, 2021)
North Carolina Appellate Practice Treatise
Comprehensive legal treatise offering detailed discussion of the constitutional provisions, statutes, rules, cases and customs that govern North Carolina appellate law.
North Carolina Appellate Style Manual
Published by the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee, the Appellate Style Manual is the place to start for any formatting and procedural questions you face in an appeal in North Carolina’s Appellate courts.
A citation, style, and usage guide first adopted by the Supreme Court in June 2019. While designed for research assistants and other Court staff who are charged with editing the Court’s opinions, the Guidebook is useful for practitioners seeking to comply with the Court’s internal citation, style, and usage preferences.
Guide written by NCBA Appellate Rules Committee designed to assist lawyers appearing in North Carolina’s state appellate courts. In addition to providing an overview of various issues pertaining to appealability, the guide illustrates the appealability of many practical examples of interlocutory orders.
Notice of Appeal Tip Sheet
Published by the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee, the Notice of Appeal Tip Sheet provides guidance on the most common questions a party faces when preparing to initiate the appellate process in a civil case.
North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure Checklist
Published by the Fox Rothschild Appellate Practice Group, this checklist provides useful reminders about the steps you face in an appeal in North Carolina’s Appellate Courts.
North Carolina Court of Appeals Legal Standards Database
First published by the North Carolina Court of Appeals in June 2012, the Legal Standards Database is intended to provide illustrations of the wide variety of standards of review, legal tests, and general statements of law employed at the N.C. Court of Appeals. This is a great starting point for any practitioner writing an appellate brief, or any brief for that matter.
Business Court Traps
Over the past two years, at least seven different appellate traps have emerged for North Carolina Business Court cases, many of which have resulted in dismissal of appeals. This article summarizes several potential snares, with links to the detailed blog posts for those who seek more information about taming the beast.
A summary of common dispositions used in opinions by North Carolina’s appellate courts.