North Carolina Court of Appeals

The North Carolina Court of Appeals (in case citation, N.C. Ct. App.) is the only intermediate appellate court in the state of North Carolina. It is composed of fifteen members who sit in rotating panels of three.[1] The Court of Appeals was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1967 after voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1965 which "authorized the creation of an intermediate court of appeals to relieve pressure on the North Carolina Supreme Court."[2]

North Carolina Court of Appeals
Seal of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
LocationRaleigh, North Carolina
Authorized byNorth Carolina Constitution
Judge term length8
Chief Judge
CurrentlyLinda M. McGee
Lead position ends2020

Judges serve eight-year terms and are elected in statewide elections. The General Assembly made Court of Appeals elections non-partisan starting with the 2004 elections, but later made them partisan again after the 2016 elections.[3]

Current judges

Name Born Joined Term ends[note 1] Mandatory retirement[note 2] Law School attended Party
Linda M. McGee, Chief Judge 1949 1995 2020 Sept. 20, 2021 North Carolina Dem
John S. Arrowood 1956 2007–08, 2017 2026 2028 North Carolina Dem
Phil Berger Jr. 1972 2017 2024 2044 Wake Forest Rep
Christopher Brook 2019 2020 North Carolina Dem
Wanda G. Bryant 1956 2001–02, 2005 2020 June 26, 2028 North Carolina Central Dem
Allegra Collins 1972 2019 2026 Jan. 30, 2044 Campbell Dem
Richard Dietz[4] 1977[5] 2014 2024 Feb. 1, 2049 Wake Forest Rep
Chris Dillon 1965 2013 2020 April 20, 2037 North Carolina Rep
Toby Hampson 1975 2019 2026 Dec. 20, 2047 Campbell Dem
Lucy Inman est. 1962 2015 2022 est. 2034 North Carolina Dem
Hunter Murphy 1981 2017 2024 Jan 24, 2053 University of the Pacific Rep
Donna Stroud 1964 2007 2022 June 28, 2036 Campbell Rep
John M. Tyson 1953 2001–09, 2015 2022 July 14, 2025 Campbell Rep
Reuben Young 2019 2020 North Carolina Central Dem
Valerie Zachary 1962[6] 2015 2024 2034 Harvard Rep


  1. Term ends December 31 of the year listed here.
  2. North Carolina judges must retire on the last day of the month in which they turn age 72 if they are still in office (see also

Former judges

A partial list of former judges is listed below:[7]

See also


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