North Carolina Practice

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This guide describes the main works located in the law library (including electronic access, where available) dealing with North Carolina law. The Clarence W. Walker North Carolina Alcove, located on Level 2 of the library, houses most North Carolina legal materials in print, although additional titles are available in the General Collection (Level 2) and the Reserve Collection (Level 3). Note that not all of the available state bar association publications are listed here.

There are two choices for researching statutes in North Carolina. The General Statutes of North Carolina, the official version published by Lexis Publishing, and West's North Carolina General Statutes Annotated are located in the North Carolina Alcove (Level 2) and also with the other state codes (Level 3). The statutes are also provided on the North Carolina General Assembly website. The General Assembly's Legislation page also provides the texts of bills and bill status information from 1985 forward, and session laws back to 1959. For an annual survey of new legislation passed by the General Assembly, see North Carolina Legislation (Superseded Ref. KFN7821 .N864 1974-2008; series continues online).

The official North Carolina reporters and the North Carolina Reporter (containing North Carolina cases from the Southeastern Reporter), as well as the North Carolina Digest and Shepard's North Carolina Citations, are located in the North Carolina Alcove. Additional copies of the official reporters are on Level 2 in KFN. Decisions of the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals (1998-present) are also available on the Administrative Office of the Courts' website.

Briefs for many North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases are located in the NC Records & Briefs collection (Level 1), organized by opinion citation. Briefs and records for cases filed beginning in 2000 are available online. Recent briefs from the Supreme Court are also on microfiche in the Microforms Room. For more information about finding records and briefs generally, view the Court Records and Briefs Research Guide.

Proposed executive agency regulations are first published in the North Carolina Register (weekly), and once passed, are incorporated into the North Carolina Administrative Code. Current editions of both the Register and the Code are located in the North Carolina Alcove and are available online from the state Office of Administrative Hearings. Historical editions of the NC Register can be found at the call number KFN7436 .N67; prior editions of the Administrative Code can be found in the Superseded Codes collection and in the Microforms Room on Level 1.

For current awareness and news about North Carolina law and lawyers, see North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (NC Alcove & online; see Reference Desk for access).

I. Court Information

The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts provides information about the North Carolina court system at: http://www.nccourts.org/, including the introductory publication The North Carolina Judicial System (2008).

The Administrative Office of the Courts maintains the North Carolina Judicial Directory, available online. The online directory replaces two print versions that can be found in Superseded Reference. Previous editions of the Courts Directory can be found in Superseded Reference KFN7908 .A19 C68. Previous editions of the Judges Directory can be found in Superseded Reference KFN7908 .A19 N67.

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II. Court Rules

Annotated Rules of North Carolina (annual). Shelved with all copies of General Statutes of North Carolina.

North Carolina Rules of Court West, 2 vols. (annual) This commercial publication includes rules for practice in state courts and local federal courts, as well as ethics rules and NC Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence. It is shelved in the NC Alcove and on Reserve.

Style Manual for the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure. Appellate Rules Study Committee of The North Carolina Bar Association, 2010. The current style manual, for appeals filed after October 1, 2009, is available in PDF. The prior version is also available on this site.

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III. Directories of Attorneys

The North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys maintains its North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys ... Membership Directory online (member login required). Previous editions of the directory can be found in Superseded Reference KF294 .N6 A3.

North Carolina Bar Association ... [Membership Directory]. Current information can be found at https://www.ncbar.org/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/membership/membership-directory.aspx (member login required). Previous editions of the directory can be found in Superseded Reference KF192 .N67 N672.

North Carolina Legal Directory. Legal Directories Publishing Co. (annual). (Ref. Desk KF 192 .N67)

The North Carolina State Bar Directory online member lookup.

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IV. Encyclopedias and General Practice

North Carolina Practical Skills (formerly titled Practical Skills Course). North Carolina Bar Association Foundation (annual). 3 vols. (KFN7481 .P73)

Strong's North Carolina Index, 4th ed. Lawyers Cooperative, 1990- . (NC Alcove; also available on Westlaw: NC-INDEX).

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V. Form Books

The official forms published by the Administrative Office of the Courts are available in the North Carolina Judicial Department Forms Manual (NC Alcove KFN7468 .N677 1984). An increasing number of these same forms are now available on the AOC's website. For more form book entries, please review the Form Books Research Guide.

Douglas, R.D., Douglas' Forms. 5 vols. (NC Alcove KFN7468 .D68 & online in LexisNexis)

North Carolina Manual of Complaints. 4th ed. (NC Alcove KFN7935.A65 N67 2011.)

Price, R.M., North Carolina Criminal Trial Practice Forms. 6th ed. (NC Alcove KFN7975 .A65 P74 & online in Westlaw: NCCTRFMS)

Thorp, W.L., Thorp's North Carolina Trial Practice Forms. 7th ed. (NC Alcove KFN7930 .A65 T48 & online in Westlaw: TNCTPF)

Van Camp, J.R., et al., North Carolina Criminal Procedure Forms with Commentary. 3d ed. (NC Alcove KFN7975.A65V3 1989)

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VI. Jury Instruction

North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges, North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions for Civil Cases. (NC Alcove KFN7942 .A6 N69 & online to NC Bar Association members through FastCase or online to Law School community via CasemakerX)

North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges, North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases. (NC Alcove KFN7942 .A6 N691 & online to NC Bar Association members through FastCase or online to Law School community via CasemakerX)

North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges, North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions for Motor Vehicle Negligence. (NC Alcove KFN7942 .A6 N692 & online to NC Bar Association members through FastCase or online to Law School community via CasemakerX)

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VII. Subject Treatises

A. Administrative Law

Poyner & Spruill, North Carolina Administrative Law Guide (NC Alcove KFN7840 .N67 1996).

What Administrative Law Professionals Need to Know. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7840.A75 A36 2011).

B. Business Organizations

Basics of Business Law. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. 2 vols. (KFN7613 .A75 B38).

Representing the Small Business (formerly Representing the Small Business Handbook). Wake Forest University School of Law, 2004- . (KFN7634 .Z9 R45).

Robinson, R.M., Robinson on North Carolina Corporation Law, 7th ed. (NC Alcove KFN 7613 .R622 & online in LexisNexis).

Snyder, J.E., Snyder, North Carolina Corporation Law and Practice, 4th ed. (KFN7613 .N67 2003 & online in Westlaw: NCCLP).

C. Civil Procedure

Wilson, G.G., North Carolina Civil Procedure, 3d ed. (NC Alcove KFN7930.W55 2007 & online in LexisNexis).

Woodlief, Alan D., Shuford North Carolina Civil Practice and Procedure (formerly Howell's), 6th ed. (NC Alcove KFN7930 .S53 2003 & online in Westlaw: NCCPP).

D. Criminal Law and Procedure

Clarke, Stevens H., Law of Sentencing, Probation, and Parole in North Carolina, 2d ed. Institute of Government. (KFN7983.2 .S84 1997).

Farb, R.L., Arrest, Search and Investigation in North Carolina, 4th ed. Institute of Government. (KFN7976 .F37 2011).

Farb, R.L., North Carolina Capital Case Law Handbook, 2d ed. Institute of Government. (KFN7965 .C2 F37 2004).

Joyner, I., Criminal Procedure in North Carolina, 3d ed. (KFN7975 .J69 2005 & online in LexisNexis).

North Carolina Criminal and Traffic Law Manual. Michie (annual). (KFN7961 .A29 N673).

Price, R.M., North Carolina Criminal Trial Practice Forms, 6th ed. (NC Alcove KFN7975 .A65 P74 2011 & in Westlaw: NCCTRFMS).

Thornburg, Thomas H., ed., North Carolina Crimes: A Guidebook on the Elements of Crime, 7th ed. Institute of Government (NC Alcove KFN7963 .C42 2012).

E. Debtor/Creditor Law

Basics of Bankruptcy. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7621.A75 B37 2011).

Consumer Bankruptcy Law. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7621.Z9 C652 2007).

North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (NC Alcove KFN7621 .N67 2007).

F. Elder Law

Basics of Elder Law. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7491.A3 .B37 2011).

Elder Law Symposium. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation (annual). (KFN7491 .A3N57).

G. Employment Law

Fundamentals of Employment Law. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7734.5 .D5 F85 2011).

Jernigan, L.T., North Carolina Workers' Compensation: Law and Practice, with Forms, 4th ed. (NC Alcove KFN7742 .J47 2004 & online in Westlaw: NCWCL).

North Carolina Employer's Guide. (NC Alcove KFN7734 .S862 2008).

H. Environmental Law

Basics of Environmental Law. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7754 .A75 B37 2011).

Owens, David W. Land Use Law in North Carolina. UNC Institute of Government. (KFN7858 .O9497 2011).

I. Estate Planning and Probate

McLamb, Janet and Lisa K. Vira, Edwards' North Carolina Probate Handbook. (Reserve KFN7544 .A65 E39 & online in Westlaw: NC-PROBHBK updated annually).

Huggard, J.P., North Carolina Estate Settlement. Lawyers Cooperative (annual). (KFN7547 H834 & online in Westlaw: NCPRAC-EST).

McLaughlin, J.B., Wills and Administration of Estates in North Carolina, 4th ed. (NC Alcove KFN7544 .W5 2000 & online in Westlaw: NC-WIGGINS).

J. Evidence

Blakey, W., et al. North Carolina Evidence ... Courtroom Manual (annual). (NC Alcove KFN7940 .B53).

Brandis and Broun on North Carolina Evidence. 7th ed. 2 vols. (NC Alcove KFN7940 .S82 2011 & online in LexisNexis)

Fox, A.M., Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina, 4th ed. 3 vols. (NC Alcove KFN7940 .F69 2005 & online in Westlaw: NCPRAC-EVD).

K. Family Law

The Modern Family: 2010 Basics of Family Law. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7495 .A75 B38).

Kelso, L.T., North Carolina Divorce, Alimony and Child Custody: With Forms, 4th ed. rev. 2 vols. (NC Alcove KFN7494 .K44 2008 & online in Westlaw: NC-DIV).

Reynolds, S., Lee's North Carolina Family Law, 5th ed. 4 vols. (NC Alcove KFN7494 .L47 1993 & online in LexisNexis).

L. Juvenile Law (Child Abuse/Neglect & Juvenile Delinquency)

Hatcher, Kella W. Abuse, Neglect, Dependency, and Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings in North Carolina. Institute of Government. (KFN7967.C5 H38 & online).

Newman, Lou A. North Carolina Juvenile Defender Manual. UNC School of Government. (NC Alcove KFN7995 .N49 2008).

M. Landlord and Tenant Law

Pro Bono 101: Nuts & Bolts of Residential Landlord-Tenant, Consumer & Domestic Violence Laws. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7484.5.P6 P76 2003).

N. Motor Vehicles

Garrett, Chad. The ABC’s of Traffic Law: Do’s and Don’ts of Traffic Court. (NC Alcove KFN7697 .G37 2011).

North Carolina Criminal and Traffic Law Manual.  Michie (annual).  (NC Alcove KFN7961 .A29 N673).

Snyder, J.E., Snyder North Carolina Automobile Insurance Law, 3d ed. (NC Alcove KFN7591 .A4 S69 1999 & online in Westlaw: NC-AUTOINS).

O. Real Property and Property Taxation

Urban, K.T. North Carolina Real Estate: With Forms, 2d ed. 2 vols. (NC Alcove KFN7526 .U73 2009).

Webster, J.A., Webster's Real Estate Law in North Carolina: Possessory Estates and Present Interest in Real Property, 6th ed. 2 vols. (NC Alcove KFN7526 .W432 & online in LexisNexis).

P. Taxation

North Carolina Tax Reporter. Commerce Clearing House, 1982- . 2 vols. (Tax Alcove KFN7870 .A6 C65 & online in IntelliConnect)

Q. Torts

Elliott, R.M., et al., eds., North Carolina Prima Facie Tort Manual. North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Education Foundation. 4th ed. (NC Alcove KFN7940.4 .N67 2009).

Daye, C.E. & Morris, M.W., North Carolina Law of Torts, 2d. ed. (NC Alcove KFN7595 .D39 1999 & online in LexisNexis).

Woodlief, Alan D., North Carolina Law of Damages, 5th ed. (KFN7595 .H53 2004 & in Westlaw: NCDAMAGE).

R. Trial Practice and Appellate Advocacy

Civil Pre-Trial Practice: A Seasoned Practitioner's Perspective. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. (KFN7937.A75C58 2004).

Civil Trial Practice, 2008. Wake Forest University School of Law. (KFN7938 .Z9 .C597 2008)

Mastering Appellate Practice in North Carolina. North Carolina Bar Association Foundation (KFN7955 .M58 2007).

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