North Carolina Legal Overview
The highest court in North Carolina is the Supreme Court of North Carolina, comprised of a Chief Justice and six associate justices. The Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court, with 15 judges who hear cases in rotating three-member panels. Superior Courts with 46 judicial districts are the main trial courts with general jurisdiction. District Courts with 45 judicial districts have limited jurisdiction over misdemeanors, domestic violence and civil cases amounting to less than $5,000. All Supreme Court, appellate and Superior Court judges are elected for eight year terms. District Court judges are elected for four year terms.
Top metro North Carolina areas for Legal Issues:
1. Capital punishment is legal in North California, with the death penalty being administered via lethal injection only. In Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (1971), the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear that states had to continue busing to desegregate schools. In Shaw v. Reno (1993), the court that race-based redistricting must be strictly scrutinized and held up to the standards of the Voting Rights Act and the equal protection clause. The North Carolina judiciary was reeled in for its excesses in North Carolina v. Pearce (1969), wherein the U.S. Supreme Court forbade vindictive judgments for retrials.
2. NCAA attorneys are seeking to throw out a legal claim filed by a former UNC football player.
3. A legislator in North Carolina is facing federal charges for money laundering and fraud.
Trending North Carolina Legal Topics: North Carolina has two Bar Associations. The North Carolina Bar Association was established as a voluntary organization in 1899 and remains strong with 14,000 members. The North Carolina State Bar (NCSB) was established in 1933 as a state agency under the direct supervision of the North Carolina Supreme Court. NCSB membership is compulsory for the more than 20,700 lawyers licensed to practice law in North Carolina. The NCSB now has 22,100 members. Bar exams are administered and admission applications processed by the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners, which is a state agency separate from both State Bar Associations.