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North Carolina Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


North Carolina Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (N.C. Const.)

  2. Bills
    See also the North Carolina General Assembly web site.

  3. Session Laws of North Carolina (N.C. Sess. Laws)

  4. General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.)
    See general comments and caveats about the web version of the statutes. See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.


North Carolina Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
  2. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules • Professional Ethics Decisions
  3. Additional Resources
    ¶ Rules of Appellate Procedure — Amendments
    ¶ General Rules of Practice for Superior and District Courts — Amendments and New Rules


North Carolina Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    See also the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings.
    1. North Carolina Administrative Code (N.C. Admin. Code)
    2. North Carolina Register (N.C. Reg.)

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. North Carolina Attorney General Opinions (Ops. N.C. Atty. Gen.)


North Carolina Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Coded Systems Corp.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    4. Tribal Codes


    North Carolina Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all North Carolina law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Campbell Law Review (Campbell L. Rev.)
    2. Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum (Duke Envtl. L. & Pol'y F.)
    3. Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law (Duke J. Comp. & Int'l L.)
    4. Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy (Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol'y)
    5. Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy (Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y)
    6. Duke Law and Technology Review (Duke L. & Tech. Rev.)
    7. Duke Law Journal (Duke L.J.)
    8. First Amendment Law Review (First Amend. L. Rev.) … [Univ. of North Carolina Sch. of Law]
    9. Law and Contemporary Problems (Law & Contemp. Probs.) … [Duke Univ. Sch. of Law]
    10. National Journal of Sexual Orientation Law (Nat’l J. Sexual Orientation L.) … [Univ. of North Carolina Sch. of Law]
    11. North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology (N.C. J. L. & Tech.)
    12. Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal (Wake Forest Intell. Prop. L.J.)
    13. Wake Forest Law Review (Wake Forest L. Rev.)


    Other North Carolina Commentary

    1. Legal Guide to Doing Business in North Carolina. Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC. … [Lex Mundi]


    North Carolina Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    North Carolina Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
      See also a trial courts directory.


    North Carolina Forms

    1. Litigation Forms
    2. Court Forms … [Administrative Office of the Courts]
    3. Revenue Department — Tax Forms and Publications

    4. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other North Carolina Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh • Consulado General de México en Raleigh


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. North Carolina Bar Association
      1. Public Information Pamphlets … Information on numerous legal topics, addressed to non-lawyers. A few of them are available in Spanish (as well as English).
      2. Young Lawyers Division Publications … Additional links to information on various legal topics.

    3. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for North Carolina Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of North Carolina law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in North Carolina.

    4. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. North Carolina Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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