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Appeals court cuts time between case filings and dispositions (access required)

A process that used to take a year has been trimmed to less than seven months

Despite budget cutbacks, the North Carolina Court of Appeals is now moving its cases from docketing to opinion in nearly half the time it needed in earlier years. That’s by design, according to Chief Judge John C. Martin. “We embarked on a plan five or six years ago to eliminate backlogs and expedite the handling of appeals,” Martin said. “Back then it was taking a year, maybe a little longer, from the date an appeal was docketed to the date of opinion. Now it takes on average seven to eight months.” Actually, Martin understates the improvement. The average time from docketing to disposition is now 198 days — just under seven months.

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