Appellate Court Opinions

Court’s decision in a case and explanation written by a justice(s) or judge(s) of the Supreme Court, or Court of Appeals.

1,981 Appellate Court Opinions

, Supreme Court , 31A18 (Justice Cheri Beasley) , Published
Crowell v. Crowell

Divorce proceedings; appeal from trial court's equitable distribution judgment and order; application of N.C.G.S. 50-20; whether the trial court failed to join necessary parties to the equitable distribution action.

, Supreme Court , 264PA18 (Justice Sam Ervin IV) , Published
In re B.O.A.

Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court's findings of fact supported its conclusion of law that respondent-mother's parental rights should be terminated pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(2).

, Supreme Court , 70A19 (Justice Mark Davis) , Published
In re E.H.P.

Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court erred by finding there was sufficient evidence of respondent's willful failure to pay child support or that respondent willfully abandoned his children; whether the trial court abused its discretion in determining the children's best interests.

, Supreme Court , 383A18 (Justice Mark Davis) , Published
In re L.E.M.

Appeal from dismissal of respondent-father's appeal from an order terminating his parental rights; whether the Court of Appeals was required to conduct an independent review of the merits of the father's arguments after his appellate counsel submitted a no-merit brief pursuant to Appellate Rule 3.1.

, Supreme Court , 92A19 (Justice Anita Earls) , Published
In re T.N.H.

Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court received sufficient evidence and made adequate findings of fact to support an adjudication of grounds under N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(5) and (9).

, Supreme Court , 238A18 (Justice Michael Morgan) , Published
In re T.T.E.

Appeal from adjudication and disposition orders finding the juvenile was delinquent based on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting a public officer; whether the trial court erred in not dismissing the charges for insufficient evidence; whether the Court of Appeals erred in vacating the trial court's orders.

, Supreme Court , 116A19 (Justice Paul Newby) , Published
In re Z.L.W.

Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court abused its discretion by concluding that terminating respondent's parental rights was in the best interests of the juveniles.

, Supreme Court , 274A18 (Justice Anita Earls) , Published
State v. Bowman

Appeal from convictions for first-degree murder (noncapital) and related firearms offenses; whether the trial court violated defendant's Sixth Amendment right to confront the principal witness against him, and if so, whether the error was not harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, thus entitling defendant to a new trial.

, Supreme Court , 160PA18 (Justice Robin Hudson) , Published
State v. Courtney

Whether double jeopardy prevented defendant from being tried for murder a second time after his first trial ended in a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury and the State then voluntarily dismissed the charge under N.C.G.S. 15A-931.

, Supreme Court , 412PA17 (Justice Robin Hudson) , Published
State v. Diaz

Whether a nineteen-year-old defendant should receive a new trial after being convicted of child abduction and statutory rape of a fourteen-year-old girl; whether the trial court committed prejudicial error by admitting a copy of defendant's affidavit of indigency at trial, thereby establishing defendant's age, which was an essential element of these offenses.

, Supreme Court , 179A14-3 (Justice Anita Earls) , Published
State v. Grady

Appeal from order imposing lifetime satellite-based monitoring on a defendant found to be a recidivist; whether the Court of Appeals erred by determining that, under the circumstances, the trial court's order effected an unreasonable search in violation of defendant's rights under the Fourth Amendment.

, Supreme Court , 140PA18 (Justice Mark Davis) , Published
State v. Lewis

Motion to suppress evidence seized from defendant's house and vehicle; whether the affidavit for the search warrant contained sufficient information to establish probable cause to conduct the searches.

, Supreme Court , 161A18 (Justice Michael Morgan) , Published
State v. McDaniel

Appeal from convictions for breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering; whether the State presented sufficient evidence to support defendant's convictions based on the doctrine of recent possession of the stolen goods.

, Supreme Court , 150A18 (Justice Mark Davis) , Published
State v. Morgan

Whether the trial court erred in revoking defendant's probation under N.C.G.S. 15A-1344(f) after his probationary term expired; whether the trial court made a sufficient finding of 'good cause shown and stated' to comply with N.C.G.S. 15A-1344(f)(3).

, Supreme Court , 355PA18 (Justice Sam Ervin IV) , Published
State v. Osborne

Whether the State presented sufficient evidence that a rock-like substance found in defendant's hotel room was heroin even though the State did not conduct a scientifically valid chemical analysis of the substance.

, Supreme Court , 65A17-2 (Justice Sam Ervin IV) , Published
State v. Parisi

Appeal from district and superior court orders granting defendant's motions to suppress and dismissing a charge of driving while impaired; whether the Court of Appeals majority erred by (1) concluding that police had probable cause to arrest and charge defendant with driving while impaired and (2) reversing and remanding the lower courts' orders to the contrary.

, Supreme Court , 55A18 (Justice Anita Earls) , Published
State v. Terrell

Appeal from defendant's convictions for child sexual offenses following the trial court's denial of his motion to suppress evidence of images recovered from a USB thumb drive owned by him; extent to which the private-search doctrine authorized police to conduct a warrantless search of data stored on the thumb drive; whether there was probable cause for police to obtain a warrant to conduct a further search of the thumb drive.

, Supreme Court , 299A18 (Per Curiam) , Published
State v. Alvarez

Whether the State presented sufficient evidence to survive defendant's motions to dismiss a charge of maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of keeping or selling a controlled substance.