Charlotte, N.C. — The Smith Moore Leatherwood Appellate Practice Team has updated its "North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure Checklist" on the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog (www.ncapb.com) due to recent amendments to the appellate rules in April 2013. The checklist is a guide for appellate practitioners, providing a concise summary of deadlines and reminders for all aspects of appellate practice in North Carolina courts.
The North Carolina Rules of Procedure's recent changes involved reply briefs, documentary exhibits to record on appeal, and clarification of the three-day mail rule. Smith Moore Leatherwood's "North Carolina Appellate Rules and Procedures Checklist" is a resource designed by the Appellate Practice Team to assist attorneys and their legal assistants in tracking appellate deadlines, tasks and fees. The checklist also provides corresponding cross-references to the North Carolina Appellate Rules and Appendices.
On the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog, which is dedicated to issues of North Carolina appellate practice and procedure, the "Rules and Practice Guides" page (www.ncapb.com/resources/practice-guides) holds all of the above resources, the appellate rules, and several other practical guides. The blog also has a page dedicated to free and paid legal research websites. (http://www.ncapb.com/resources/research). Additionally, the blog includes regular postings highlighting new and emerging appellate pitfalls, including practical tips for avoiding or dealing with common appellate problems.
About the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog
The North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog strives to offer seasoned and beginning appellate practitioners alike a convenient source of news, information, tips, and resources for practicing law in North Carolina's State and Federal Appellate Courts.
Finding success on appeal depends not just on counsel's expertise in the substantive law of the case, but on an active understanding of the appellate rules, procedures, strategies, and pitfalls. The blog is updated frequently with the latest information from the appellate universe, including reviews of big decisions that will affect appellate practice going forward.