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All published opinions, and more, from the two highest courts in North Carolina, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

About this guide

Justice Building, 1959. Photo courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.

Court Reports are the official decisions of the North Carolina Supreme Court, called North Carolina Reports, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals, called North Carolina Court of Appeals Reports. These opinions are broadly cited in legal literature.

The reports do not contain the entire record relating to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases. Instead, they contain information about the final outcome of cases heard in North Carolina's Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

These reports are also an excellent record of the state's legal community because, in addition to opinions, the preliminary pages of these reports contain lists of: 

  • NC Supreme Court justices
  • Court of Appeal Judges
  • Officials of the NC Administrative Office of the Courts
  • North Carolina trial judges for all Superior and District Courts
  • The Attorney General and assistant attorneys general
  • North Carolina's district attorneys
  • North Carolina's public defenders
  • Newly licensed attorneys (older volumes list all North Carolina attorneys at the time)
  • Members of the Industrial Commission and the Utilities Commission

(Only a few volumes contain commission members and not every volume contain each of these lists. The Table of Contents for each volume lists the information contained in the volume.)

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