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.

2,000 Appellate Court Opinions

, Supreme Court , 232A19 (Justice Cheri Beasley) , Published
In re J.B.S.

Appeal from an order terminating respondent's parental rights pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1), (7) (2017). No-merit review pursuant to Rule 3.1(e) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure.

, Supreme Court , 214A19 (Justice Cheri Beasley) , Published
In re J.E.

Appeal from an order terminating respondent's parental rights pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1)-(2) (2017). No-merit review pursuant to Rule 3.1(e) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure.

, Supreme Court , 184A19 (Justice Sam Ervin IV) , Published
In re N.D.A.

Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court's findings of fact support termination on the grounds of neglect and willful abandonment pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1) and (7); whether the trial court acted impartially during the termination hearing.

, Supreme Court , 151A19 (Justice Robin Hudson) , Published
In re T.H.

Appeal from order terminating respondent's parental rights under N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1), (8) (2017). No-merit review pursuant to Rule 3.1(e) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure.

, Supreme Court , 152A19 (Justice Paul Newby) , Published
In re Z.O.M.

Appeal from order terminating respondent's parental rights under N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1)-(2) (2017). No-merit review pursuant to N.C. R. App. P. 3.1(e).

, Supreme Court , 115PA18 (Justice Robin Hudson) , Published
Intersal, Inc. v. Hamilton

Appeal from final decision of the Business Court; whether the trial court erred in dismissing plaintiff's complaint seeking damages and declaratory relief based on a contractual dispute between the parties over, inter alia, media rights related to the recovery and disposition of artifacts from the shipwrecked Queen Anne's Revenge and the renewal of a search permit for the El Salvador vessel.

, Supreme Court , 126A18 (Justice Robin Hudson) , Published
State v. Ditenhafer

Appeal from convictions for (1) two counts of common law obstruction of justice, as elevated to a felony pursuant to N.C.G.S. 14-3(b), and (2) accessory after the fact to sexual activity by a substitute parent; whether the trial court erred by denying defendant's motions to dismiss all charges.

, Supreme Court , 379A17 (Justice Anita Earls) , Published
State v. Malone

Appeal from convictions for murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury; whether the trial court erred in allowing two eyewitnesses to make in-court identifications of defendant as the shooter; whether the Court of Appeals majority correctly found that the trial court violated defendant's right to due process, that the error was prejudicial, and that defendant should receive a new trial.

, Supreme Court , 441A18 (Justice Anita Earls) , Published
State v. Royster

Appeal from trial court's denial of motion to dismiss charge of trafficking in cocaine based on insufficiency of the evidence; whether the Court of Appeals correctly determined that defendant preserved the issue of whether there was insufficient evidence that defendant actually possessed cocaine and that the State failed to present substantial evidence of each element of the crime.

, Supreme Court , 366A18 (Per Curiam) , Published
Chavez v. Wadlington

Dismissal of custody action for lack of standing; whether the plaintiff alleged sufficient facts both to prove a close relationship to child and to overcome defendants' protected status as natural parents.

, Supreme Court , 60PA18 (Per Curiam) , Published
Hampton v. Cumberland Cty.

Whether landowners' operation of a firing range in an unincorporated area of the county is subject to the county zoning ordinance regulating outdoor firing ranges; whether the Court of Appeals erred in vacating the superior court's order that declared the use legal and remanding the matter to the Board of Adjustment for necessary findings of fact.

, Supreme Court , 133A19 (Justice Mark Davis) , Published
In re A.U.D.

Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court erred in failing to make the written findings required by statute; whether the trial court abused its discretion in finding that termination of respondent's parental rights was not in the best interests of the children.

, Supreme Court , 115A19 (Justice Robin Hudson) , Published
In re C.B.C.

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)(1) and (7).

, Supreme Court , 109A19 (Justice Sam Ervin IV) , Published
In re C.M.C.

Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court erred by granting a motion made pursuant to N.C.G.S. 1A-1, Rule 60 after notice of appeal had been filed where the judge who signed the orders terminating parental rights was not the judge who presided over the termination hearing.

, Supreme Court , 215A19 (Per Curiam) , Published
In re Foster

Review of recommendation to censure.

, Supreme Court , 397A18 (Justice Robin Hudson) , Published
State v. Helms

Whether the State presented sufficient evidence of an aggravating factor--that defendant took advantage of a position of trust or confidence, including a domestic relationship--to submit that aggravating factor to the jury.

, Supreme Court , 366A10 (Per Curiam) , Published
State v. Ryan

Appeal from a trial court order granting defendant's motion for appropriate relief, vacating defendant's convictions and sentence of death, and ordering a new trial; whether the trial court erred in granting the motion for appropriate relief based upon its conclusion that defendant's counsel was ineffective for failing to call or consult with various available witnesses in a capital proceeding.