Reginald L. Frazier, Plaintiff--appellant, v. North Carolina State Bar; Thomas Lundsford, Director,defendants--appellees, 59 F.3d 166 (4th Cir. 1995)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 59 F.3d 166 (4th Cir. 1995) Submitted May 18, 1995Decided June 20, 1995

Reginald L. Frazier, Appellant Pro Se. Aldert Root Edmonson, NORTH CAROLINA STATE BAR, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellees.

Before NIEMEYER and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.

PER CURIAM:


Appellant filed an untimely notice of appeal. We dismiss the appeal 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).

Appellant's failure to file a timely notice of appeal or to obtain either an extension or a reopening of the appeal period leaves this court without jurisdiction to consider the merits of Appellant's appeal. We therefore 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.

DISMISSED

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Frazier's motions for stay and for the record and transcript are denied