The North Carolina Court of Appeals is the state's intermediate appellate court. Currently 15 judges hear cases in panels of three. The Court of Appeals reviews the proceedings that occurred in the trial courts for errors of law or legal procedure; it decides only questions of law – not questions of fact. The role of the Court of Appeals is to decide if the trial court correctly applied the law, or if there was prejudicial error in the conduct of the trial.
The majority of cases appealed from the Superior and District courts in civil and criminal cases are heard by the Court of Appeals. One major exception is capital murder appeals in which the death penalty was imposed; these appeals go directly to the Supreme Court of North Carolina. In addition, direct appeals from certain of the state’s administrative agencies are heard by the Court of Appeals.
If a member of the three-judge panel dissents from the decision of the majority, there is a right of appeal from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court of North Carolina; otherwise, further review of a decision of the Court of Appeals is limited to those cases that the Supreme Court accepts in its discretion. Judges of the Court of Appeals are elected and serve eight-year terms.
North Carolina Court of Appeals Judges Biographies.
Slip opinions filed and written by the judges of the Court of Appeals.
View current and past calendars of Oral Arguments.
Search Court of Appeals Dockets by case title, name, number, or party.
Search Court of Appeals Orders by docket number or case title.
Electronically file a case and search and view case information in the Document Library.
Preliminary publication of the official North Carolina Court of Appeals Reports assigning citations to opinions and including headnotes (case summaries).
PDF versions of the final book publication of opinions (with headnotes).
Search headnotes of legal topics in opinions of the Supreme Court (since December 2014) and the Court of Appeals (since April 2016).
Provides illustrations of the wide variety of standards of review, legal tests, and general statements of law.
Allows parties to participate in mediation of cases pending before the Court of Appeals.
Rules of practice, procedure, and conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of North Carolina.
Publishes the opinions of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Learn about the building's history since opened in 1913.
Responding to COVID-19’s impacts on law students by providing an online seminar to provide practical knowledge and experience.
Court of Appeals judges to address topics concerning courts and the Constitution covered in AP United States Government.
CLE curriculum featuring six one-hour appellate CLE videos to replace state/national CLEs that were postponed/canceled due to the pandemic.