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Judges – Civil Practice – Subject Matter Jurisdiction – Municipal Personnel Policies – Constitutional – Due Process (access required)

In re Complaints against Officials of Kill Devil Hills Police Department Where no one other than the trial court itself filed any action, there was no pending litigation or controversy; the trial court acted beyond its jurisdiction in issuing orders, sua sponte, against the petitioner-town.

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Judges – Suspension – Traffic Tickets – Irregularities (access required)

In re Inquiry Concerning Judge Hartsfield After being privately cautioned by the Judicial Standards Commission, respondent continued to have ex parte communications with traffic court defendants and to make decisions in traffic cases when the defendant was not present, not represented, and had not consented to judgment. Respondent thereby engaged in willful misconduct in office and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute.

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