North Carolina Supreme Court Decisions

Founded in 1799, the North Carolina Supreme Court is located in Raleigh. It holds jurisdiction over questions of law presented by cases in lower courts and proceedings in administrative agencies. The Court also has developed the North Carolina Code of Judicial Conduct, which provides seven canons to guide the actions of judges throughout the state. The Code emphasizes impartiality, independence, transparency, and other values that preserve public trust in the judiciary.

Seven justices currently serve on the North Carolina Supreme Court, which has fluctuated in size at various points throughout its history. To become a justice, a candidate must be an attorney who is no older than 71. North Carolina imposes a mandatory retirement age on justices, who must retire before the last day of the month in which they turn 72. Justices are chosen through elections in even-numbered years. These elections recently became partisan in 2018, which means that the party affiliation of the candidate appears on the ballot. In 2015, the legislature passed a law that would have replaced these competitive elections with retention elections. However, the Supreme Court upheld a ruling by a lower court that struck down this law as unconstitutional, leaving the current system in place.

If a vacancy arises in the middle of a justice’s term, the Governor of North Carolina will appoint a replacement. That justice must run in the first election that occurs at least 60 days after the vacancy arose to retain their seat. Each justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court serves an eight-year term, and the Chief Justice serves in that capacity for the full eight years. Voters determine the Chief Justice in an election, in contrast to the procedures used in most states. The North Carolina Constitution provides that the term of any justice begins on January 1 after they are elected or reelected.

Browse Opinions From the North Carolina Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the North Carolina Supreme Court
Buckley LLP v Series 1 of Oxford Ins. Co., NC, LLC
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 219A21
Miller v. Carolina Coast Emergency Physicians, LLC  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 222PA21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the trial court's denial of Harnett Health Systems, Inc.'s motion to dismiss this medical malpractice complaint for failure to comply with Rule…

N.C. NAACP v. Moore  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 261A18-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals that reversed the order of the trial court declaring void two challenged amendments to the North Carolina Constitution, holding that the trial court should…

State v. Gaddis  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 306A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals determining that the trial court correctly denied Defendant's motion for a transcript of a prior trial and a motion to continue, holding that the trial…

In re M.B.  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 325A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the orders of the trial court terminating Mother's parental rights in her three children, holding that the trial court failed to make necessary determinations to support the adjudication of…

Connette v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 331PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the opinion rendered by the court of appeals affirming the trial court's judgment entered upon the jury's verdict in favor of Defendants in this medical malpractice case, holding that it is…

Nation Ford Baptist Church, Inc. v. Davis  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 390A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the court of appeals affirming the order of the trial court denying Nation Ford Baptist Church Inc.'s (Church) motion to dismiss the underlying…

Providence Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. v. Town of Weddington  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 47PA21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Town of Weddington was protected from Providence Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.'s fraud-related claims based upon the doctrine of governmental immunity and that Mayor Deter was protected…

Wing v. Goldman Sachs Trust Co., N.A.  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 488PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case involving the extent of a a trustee's duties and powers concerning litigation challenging trust amendments the Supreme Court held that the subject trustee had the power to defend the litigation and that the…

Anderson Creek Partners, L.P. v. County of Harnett  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Numbers: 62PA21, 63PA21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the trial court granting the motion for judgment on the pleadings filed by defendant Harnett County and dismissing the claims…

PF Dev. Grp., LLC v. Cnty. of Harnett
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 63PA21
State v. Oglesby  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 683A05-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming an order of the superior court resentencing Defendant on his first-degree murder conviction to life with the possibility of parole…

State v. Jones  
Date: August 19, 2022
Docket Number: 85PA20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court modified and affirmed the decision of the court of appeals upholding the revocation of Defendant's probation, holding that Defendant's confrontation argument under N.C. Gen. Stat. 15A-1345(e) was not…

In re K.N.  
Date: July 15, 2022
Docket Number: 110A19-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the trial court terminating Father's parental rights, holding that a substitute judge may not make new factual findings or conclusions of law under Rule 52 and Rule 63 of the North…

In re B.E.  
Date: July 15, 2022
Docket Number: 137A21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating the parental rights of Parents to their minor children, holding that the arguments Parents raised on appeal were meritless. After a hearing over the…

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