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Title: NORTH CAROLINA COURTS - ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS - ANNUAL REPORT, 1978-79
Corporate Author: North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 169
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
Raleigh, NC 27602
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 1978-1979 THE NUMBER OF CASES DOCKETED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA SUPREME COURT INCREASED 8.1 PERCENT AND BY SUPERIOR COURTS 6.8 PERCENT, BUT THE DISTRICT COURTS' CASELOAD DECREASED 1 PERCENT.
Abstract: ACCORDING TO THIS ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS THE SURPRISING DOWNWARD TREND IN THE NUMBER OF CASES HANDLED BY DISTRICT COURTS WAS DUE PRIMARLY TO A 24 PERCENT DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC CASES. CIVIL CASE FILINGS ACTUALLY INCREASED ALMOST 6 PERCENT. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE HIGHER COSTS OF GASOLINE ARE PROMPTING PEOPLE TO DRIVE LESS AND AT LOWER SPEEDS. DURING THE YEAR THE LEGISLATURE APPROVED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WHICH PROVIDES THAT ONLY A PERSON AUTHORIZED TO PRACTICE LAW IN THE STATE MAY BE APPOINTED OR ELECTED TO A JUDGESHIP. AT PRESENT NONLAWYERS MAY BE JUDGES. THE PEOPLE WILL VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT DURING THE NOVEMBER 1980 GENERAL ELECTION. THE LEGISLATURE ALSO AMENDED THE JUDICIAL STANDARDS COMMISSION LAWS GOVERNING CENSURE OF REMOVAL OF A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, SUCH ACTIONS WILL NOW BE HEARD BY THE COURT OF APPEALS INSTEAD OF THE SUPREME COURT. THE NORTH CAROLINA COURT COMMISSION WAS REESTABLISHED TO OVERSEE COURT OPERATIONS, AND A PRESUMPTIVE SENTENCING LAW DIVIDING FELONIES INTO 10 CLASSES AND SETTING SENTENCES FOR EACH CLASS, WAS PASSED. THE JUVENILE CODE WAS REVISED AND CHANGES WERE MADE IN DETAILS OF COURT OPERATION. THE STATISTICAL SECTIONS OF THIS REPORT COVER COURT OPERATIONS, BUDGETS, NUMBERS OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES, AND NUMBERS OF COURT PERSONNEL.
Index Term(s): North Carolina; State courts
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