Limiting Appeals to Superior Court

Very few people are happy with the way misdemeanor appeals works in much of North Carolina. District Criminal Court in North Carolina does not have juries. Trials are heard by judges who both decide the factual issues, guilt and innocence, and impose punishment. Only...

Superior Court and DWIs: Part II

In addition to increasing the efficiency of DWI adjudication (about which I previously have commented), placing DWIs in Superior Court will improve a defendant’s access to discovery. N.C.G.S 15A-901 provides that all cases in the original jurisdiction of...

Superior Court and DWIs: Part I

One possible solution to the crush of DWIs (about which I’ve written recently) would be to assign DWIs to the original jurisdiction of the Superior Court. Currently, a DWI can take anywhere from 3 to 15 months to resolve in Wake County District Court. Once that...