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New Blog Feature: Petition Tracker

Photo of the North Carolina Supreme Court, courtesy of the State Archives.

Today we’re introducing a new feature for the blog: the petition tracker. You can check out the petition tracker page here, or by clicking on “Petitions Allowed” in the banner at the top of any page on the blog.

Although our state constitution says that the “courts shall be open,” open hasn’t always meant “clear.” Before we created this feature, we realized that it wasn’t easy to track the cases pending at the Supreme Court. But it’s helpful to know what cases the Supreme Court has accepted through discretionary review: these are the cases that the Court has chosen to hear. Tracking these cases can give the public and practitioners alike some insight on what gets the Court’s attention and what areas of law the Court wants to develop.

You’ll notice that the petition tracker keeps up with every kind of case that the Court has accepted for discretionary review, both civil and criminal alike. The only cases that we’ve left out are ones where the dockets are restricted, like in juvenile cases. As opinions come out, we’ll keep the page updated with the holdings from the cases.

Leave us a comment to let us know what you think about this new feature!


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6 Responses to "New Blog Feature: Petition Tracker"

  • M finkelstein
    June 2, 2019 - 6:09 pm Reply

    Pure genius Troy.

  • Christy Dunn
    June 2, 2019 - 7:37 pm Reply

    Great feature. Thank you.

  • J.D.
    June 3, 2019 - 8:27 am Reply

    Really cool idea. What other functions or information will you plan to include in the future? Will you include a column for the disposition of these cases? Will it include a column for closed or open with links to the opinions?

    • Troy Shelton
      June 3, 2019 - 5:15 pm Reply

      As the appeals get resolved, we’re hoping to update the page with the holdings and links to the slip opinions. Thanks for asking!

  • Mike Harrell
    July 17, 2019 - 8:21 am Reply

    Keeping this post pinned as the top post of the blog is misleading. I assumed the blog had not been updated for a month-and-a-half until I just by happenstance scrolled down and saw more recently dated posts below. I would suggest you “unpin” it and just let the blog posts appear in most recent chronological order as you have done in the past.

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