Elizabeth City State University will host the NC Court of Appeals for a live court
session at 9:30 a.m. on November 1 in the auditorium of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine
Arts Center. The public is welcome to attend but must be seated by 9 a.m.
The Court of Appeals is this state's only intermediate appellate court. Fifteen judges
sit in rotating panels of three, deciding only questions of law on every case appealed
from the Superior and District courts except death penalty cases. Appeals can range
from a parking ticket case to murder case. In fiscal year 2003-2004, more than 1,750
cases were filed with the Court of Appeals. Cases in which there is a dissent in the
Court of Appeals go to the Supreme Court as well as to those that the Supreme Court
accepts for review through petition. Court of Appeals judges serve eight-year terms.
School groups should register in advance by calling 335-3596.