Supreme Court

The state’s highest court, and there is no further appeal from its decisions on matters of state law.
Supreme Court of North Carolina


The Supreme Court of North Carolina is the state’s highest court, and there is no further appeal from its decisions on matters of state law. It is made up of the Chief Justice, who also serves as head of the Judicial Branch, and six associate justices. Each justice serves an eight-year term. The Supreme Court has no jury and makes no determinations of fact, but it considers whether error occurred at trial or in judicial interpretation of the law.

Read about the history of the Justice Building.

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Meet the Justices

Supreme Court of North Carolina Biographies and Courtroom Seating.


Slip opinions filed and written by the justices of the Supreme Court.


Search Supreme Court Dockets by case title, name, number, or party.


Search Supreme Court Orders by docket number or case title.

Supreme Court Library

Access to the facility is restricted to users and authorized visitors under Supreme Court Library Rules.

Advance Sheets

Preliminary publication of the official North Carolina Reports assigning citations to opinions and including headnotes (case summaries), orders, and petition lists.

PDF Volumes

PDF versions of the final book publication of opinions (with headnotes), orders, and petition lists, with additional materials such as trial judge lists, rule amendments, and ceremonial and historical materials.

Search Case Summaries / Headnotes

Search headnotes of legal topics in opinions of the Supreme Court (since December 2014) and the Court of Appeals (since April 2016).

Portrait Presentations

Portraits of former associate justices and former chief justices hang on the walls of the Supreme Court.

Court Rules

Rules of practice, procedure, and conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of North Carolina.


Supreme Court Clerk’s Office Telephone (919) 831-5700
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (except holidays)

Physical address Supreme Court of North Carolina
Clerk's Office
2 East Morgan Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1428

Maps and directions

Mailing addressPO Box 2170
Raleigh, NC 27602

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