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Time Limits for Processing Court Cases in North Carolina

NCJ Number
W L Wallace
Date Published
26 pages
This report lists and summarizes about 100 North Carolina laws that specify time limits for a variety of court proceedings.
The laws relate to both civil and criminal proceedings. They present time limits related to arrest and bail, initial appearances, preliminary proceedings, service of process, pleadings, motions, appeals, small claims actions, petitions, summonses, dispositional orders, extradition, and many other topics. The laws involve several kinds of conflicts in priorities, including direct conflicts involving matters required to have precedence over all other civil or criminal matters. However, whether a conflict actually occurs in a given county in a particular court at a particular time is not clear.