North Carolina Court of Appeals

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The North Carolina Court of Appeals is the only intermediate appellate court in the state of North Carolina. It is composed of fifteen members who sit in rotating groups of three. Judges serve eight-year terms and are elected in statewide non-partisan elections.

The Court of Appeals was created by the state legislature in 1967 after voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1965 which "authorized the creation of an intermediate court of appeals to relieve pressure on the North Carolina Supreme Court."[1]

North Carolina Court of Appeals
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Seal of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Building

Current judges[edit]

Name Born Joined Term Ends[2] Mandatory Retirement[3] Law School Attended
John C. Martin, Chief Judge 1943 1985-88, 1993 2016 Nov. 9, 2015 Wake Forest University School of Law
Wanda G. Bryant 1956 2001-02, 2005 2020 June 26, 2028 North Carolina Central School of Law
Ann Maria Calabria 1947 2003 2018 Oct. 31, 2019 Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Mark A. Davis 1966 2013 2014 2038 University of North Carolina School of Law
Chris Dillon 1965 2013 2020 April 20, 2037 University of North Carolina School of Law
Rick Elmore est. 1952 2003 2018 est. 2024 North Carolina Central School of Law
Sam J. Ervin, IV 1955 2009 2016 Nov. 18, 2027 Harvard Law School
Martha A. Geer 1958 2003 2018 Nov. 24, 2030 University of North Carolina School of Law
Robert C. Hunter 1944 1998 2014 Jan. 14, 2016 University of North Carolina School of Law
Robert N. Hunter, Jr. 1947 2009 2016 March 30, 2019 University of North Carolina School of Law
Douglas McCullough 1945 2001-08, 2011 2018 May 28, 2017 University of South Carolina School of Law
Linda M. McGee 1949 1995 2020 Sept. 20, 2021 University of North Carolina School of Law
Sanford L. Steelman, Jr. 1951 2003 2018 Sept. 11, 2023 University of North Carolina School of Law
Linda Stephens 1950 2006 2016 Nov. 13, 2022 University of North Carolina School of Law
Donna Stroud 1964 2007 2014 June 28, 2036 Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

Former judges[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Court of Appeals Celebrates 40th Anniversary. NC Bar Association site.
  2. ^ Term ends December 31 of the year listed here.
  3. ^ North Carolina judges must retire at age 72 if they are still in office.

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