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North Carolina HB 239: Politics In The Court Of Appeals

North Carolina HB 239 is an effort by the North Carolina State Legislature to play politics with the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals is the intermediary appeals state court. Since the N.C. Supreme Court can deny hearing cases, the last appeal for many cases is the N.C. Court of Appeals. Currently, the Court of Appeals has a huge case load: 1500 appeals and 4,456 separate petitions and motions per year. Currently the Court of Appeals has fifteen judges who sit on three judge panels. The average number of opinions per judge is 100 opinions per year. In an effort to deny Governor Roy Cooper the ability to appoint judges, the North Carolina Republican-controlled legislature has passed North Carolina HB 239. (HB 239).

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