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Appellate Rules Committee

Appellate Rules Committee Description

The Appellate Rules Committee is concerned with improving the quality of appellate practice in North Carolina. Its members - lawyers and judges from across the State - meet regularly to discuss appellate problems and possible solutions. Among other work, the Committee has drafted proposed amendments to the N.C. Rules of Appellate Procedure for consideration by the Supreme Court. Past proposals have included measures to clarify ambiguities in the rules and to simplify procedures.

The Appellate Rules Committee welcomes proposals relating to the appellate rules and appellate practice. To send such proposals, click here.

New Rule Changes

On February 28, 2013, the N.C. Supreme Court issued an order adopting amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure. The order amends Rules 9, 27, and 28 of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure, as well as makes conforming amendments to Rules 13, 14, and 15. These amendments clarify the rules governing documentary exhibits in the appellate courts and how deadlines are calculated when a document is served by email. The amendments also adopt a significant change to the rules governing reply briefs. These changes to the Rules will be effective on April 15, 2013. A brief summary of the rules changes can be found by clicking here.

To review the latest version of the Rules and to access other helpful resources on the AOC's website, click here.

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