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Title: Appellate System in the North Carolina Court of Appeals
Author(s): M J Hudson; C L Easterling
Corporate Author: National Ctr for State Courts
United States of America
Project Director: M J Hudson
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 131
Sponsoring Agency: Charles E Culpeper Foundation
New York, NY 10017
National Ctr for State Courts
North Andover, MA 01845
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-DF-AX-0021; 79-DF-AX-0082
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Current caseflow management in the North Carolina Court of Appeals is described and assessed, and recommendations for improvement are offered.
Abstract: Although the North Carolina Court of Appeals is ably staffed with judges, central staff attorneys, and other support staff, it cannot contend with further increases in its caseload without either making structural changes for alternative methods of case disposition or adopting undesirable alternatives such as denying appeals to certain categories of cases or having the supreme court assume part of the case. This latter alternative has particular dangers if it is done case by case. The court should adopt a number of changes, some of which can be done immediately without further authorization and others which require the cooperation of the supreme court and the legislature. These changes aim at increasing the speed of disposition of appeals without overburdening judges, who are already exerting a maximum effort. Recommended changes expand the jurisdiction and control of the court over the entire appellate process. Eventually, the court should address such issues as eliminating the printed record in favor of using the transcript and monitoring the timely filing of all appeal steps, not only those occurring after the filing of the record or transcript. Appended are an attorney's handbook; Rhode Island's information forms, criminal case processing proposal, and case tracking proposal; a case management article; and excerpts from National Center publications on microfilm. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Appeal procedures; Appellate courts; Court case flow management; North Carolina; Technical assistance reports
Note: Technical Assistance Report number 3 in the Appellate Justice Improvement Project
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