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 panels of three.[1] The Court of Appeals was created by the North Carolina General Assembly 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."[2]

Judges serve eight-year terms and are elected in statewide elections. The General Assembly made Court of Appeals elections non-partisan starting with the 2004 elections, but later made them partisan again after the 2016 elections.[3]

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

Current judges[edit]

Name Born Joined Term Ends[4] Mandatory Retirement[5] Law School Attended Party
Linda M. McGee, Chief Judge 1949 1995 2020 Sept. 20, 2021 University of North Carolina School of Law Democratic
John S. Arrowood 1956 2007-08, 2017 2018 2028 University of North Carolina School of Law Democratic
Phil Berger, Jr. 2017 2024 Wake Forest University School of Law Republican
Wanda G. Bryant 1956 2001-02, 2005 2020 June 26, 2028 North Carolina Central School of Law Democratic
Ann Marie Calabria 1947 2003 2018 Oct. 31, 2019 Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law Republican
Mark A. Davis 1966 2013 2022 2038 University of North Carolina School of Law Democratic
Richard Dietz[6] 1977[7] 2014 2024 Feb. 1, 2049 Wake Forest University School of Law Republican
Chris Dillon 1965 2013 2020 April 20, 2037 University of North Carolina School of Law Republican
Rick Elmore est. 1952 2003 2018 est. 2024 North Carolina Central School of Law Republican
Robert N. Hunter, Jr. 1947 2009-14, 2015[8] 2024 March 30, 2019 University of North Carolina School of Law Republican
Lucy Inman est. 1962 2015 2022 est. 2034 University of North Carolina School of Law Democratic
Hunter Murphy 1981 2017 2024 Jan 24, 2053 McGeorge School of Law Republican
Donna Stroud 1964 2007 2022 June 28, 2036 Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law Republican
John M. Tyson 1953 2001-09, 2015 2022 July 14, 2025 Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law Republican
Valerie Zachary 1962[9] 2015 2024 2034 Harvard Law School Republican

Former judges[edit]

A complete list of former judges can be found at a site maintained by the N.C. Supreme Court Historical Society.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GS_7A-16". www.ncleg.net. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  2. ^ Court of Appeals Celebrates 40th Anniversary. NC Bar Association site.
  3. ^ NC Policy Watch: McCrory signs Senate Bill 4
  4. ^ Term ends December 31 of the year listed here.
  5. ^ North Carolina judges must retire on the last day of the month in which they turn age 72 if they are still in office (see also http://judgepedia.org/Mandatory_Retirement).
  6. ^ Triangle Business Journal
  7. ^ Associated Press
  8. ^ Governor McCrory Announces Judicial Appointments
  9. ^ https://appellate.nccourts.org/Bios/index.php?c=2&Name=Zachary

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