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.

2,086 Appellate Court Opinions

, Supreme Court , 437PA18 (Justice Sam Ervin IV) , Published
Chavez v. McFadden

Whether state judicial officials have the authority and jurisdiction to rule on the legality of immigration arrest warrants and detainers issued by the federal government requesting local law enforcement agencies to detain individuals suspected of violating federal immigration laws for at least 48 hours after their state criminal matters have been resolved.

, Supreme Court , 216A19 (Justice Paul Newby) , Published
Draughon v. Evening Star Holiness Church of Dunn

Whether defendant had a duty to warn plaintiff about a step outside of defendant's building that was significantly different in height and appearance than the other steps; whether plaintiff was contributorily negligent when he tripped on defendant's steps.

, Supreme Court , 230A19 (Justice Robin Hudson) , Published
In re A.J.T.

Termination of parental rights; whether the trial court abused its discretion by concluding that termination was in a child's best interest.

, Supreme Court , 295A19 (Justice Cheri Beasley) , Published
In re A.L.S.

Termination of parental rights; willful abandonment; no attempt by parent to contact the child; motion to continue; denial of second continuance for witness who fails to appear at hearing; no abuse of discretion.

, Supreme Court , 292A19 (Justice Paul Newby) , Published
In re C.R.B.

Termination of parental rights pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1)-(2) (2019). No-merit review pursuant to Rule 3.1(e) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure.

, Supreme Court , 314A19 (Justice Paul Newby) , Published
In re C.V.D.C.

Termination of parental rights; trial court's best interests determination is reviewed for abuse of discretion; written findings are not required for dispositional factors in N.C.G.S. 7B-1110(a) absent conflicting evidence.

, Supreme Court , 129A19 (Justice Cheri Beasley) , Published
In re F.S.T.Y.

Termination of parental rights; whether due process requires that a nonresident parent have minimum contacts with the State in order to establish personal jurisdiction over him or her for purposes of termination of parental rights proceedings.

, Supreme Court , 281A19 (Justice Sam Ervin IV) , Published
In re I.N.C.

Termination of parental rights; Best interest determination pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1110.

, Supreme Court , 300A19 (Justice Michael Morgan) , Published
In re J.M.J.-J.

Appeal from an order terminating respondent's parental rights pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1111(a)(1); neglect.

, Supreme Court , 274A19 (Justice Cheri Beasley) , Published
In re L.T.

Termination of parental rights; Subject matter jurisdiction under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act.

, Supreme Court , 455A18 (Justice Michael Morgan) , Published
Routten v. Routten

Appeal from a child custody dispute between two parents; whether the trial court erred by denying defendant visitation with her children without first making a finding under N.C.G.S. 7B-1109(f) based on clear, cogent, and convincing evidence that defendant was an unfit parent or acted inconsistently with her constitutionally protected status as a natural parent; whether the trial court erred in delegating to plaintiff the discretion to allow visitation between defendant and the children.

, Supreme Court , 406PA18 (Justice Sam Ervin IV) , Published
State v. Bennett

Whether defendant presented an adequate record of the race of challenged prospective jurors to permit appellate review of defendant's Batson claim; Whether the trial court and Court of Appeals erred by concluding that defendant failed to establish a prima facie case of discrimination pursuant to Batson.

, Supreme Court , 206A19 (Justice Paul Newby) , Published
State v. Capps

Whether the superior court properly tried defendant under a statement of charges that was filed after arraignment but did not change the nature of the charges against defendant as they were described in the arrest warrant.

, Supreme Court , 170A19 (Justice Mark Davis) , Published
State v. Fields

Whether a defendant can be simultaneously punished for both habitual misdemeanor assault and assault inflicting serious bodily injury arising from the same act.

, Supreme Court , 201A19 (Justice Cheri Beasley) , Published
State v. Keller

Appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeals holding that the trial court did not err by failing to instruct the jury on entrapment.

, Supreme Court , 32A19 (Justice Michael Morgan) , Published
State v. Taylor

Appeal from judgments entered upon convictions resulting from guilty plea to charges of second-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon; whether the trial court erred by denying defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea after concluding that defendant had not established a fair and just reason for withdrawal of his plea.