Notice: Fourth Circuit Local Rule 36(c) States That Citation of Unpublished Dispositions is Disfavored Except for Establishing Res Judicata, Estoppel, or the Law of the Case and Requires Service of Copies of Cited Unpublished Dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.juanita Mays, Plaintiff--appellant, v. Millie Lewis Modeling; Barbara Corell, Director,defendants--appellees, 110 F.3d 60 (4th Cir. 1997)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 110 F.3d 60 (4th Cir. 1997) Submitted: March 27, 1997. Decided: April 2, 1997

Juanita Mays, Appellant Pro Se.

Fred W. Suggs, Jr., Janet Quick Lewis, OGLETREE, DEAKINS, NASH, SMOAK & STEWART, Greenville, South Carolina, for Appellees.

Before RUSSELL, LUTTIG, and MICHAEL, Circuit Judges.


Appellant filed an untimely notice of appeal. We dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. The time periods for filing notices of appeal are governed by Fed. R. App. P. 4. These periods are "mandatory and jurisdictional." Browder v. Director, Dep't of Corrections, 434 U.S. 257, 264 (1978) (quoting United States v. Robinson, 361 U.S. 220, 229 (1960)). Parties to civil actions have thirty days within which to file in the district court notices of appeal from judgments or final orders. Fed. R. App. P. 4(a) (1). The only exceptions to the appeal period are when the district court extends the time to appeal under Fed. R. App. P. 4(a) (5) or reopens the appeal period under Fed. R. App. P. 4(a) (6).

The district court entered its order on October 8, 1996; Appellant's notice of appeal was filed on November 8, 1996. Appellant's failure to note a timely appeal or obtain an extension of the appeal period leaves this court without jurisdiction to consider the merits of Appellant's appeal. We therefore grant Appellees' motion to dismiss and dismiss the appeal. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process.