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This site is a compilation of information that may be of use to lawyers who practice before the courts of North Carolina. Find court calendars, oral argument schedules, appellate opinions and links of interest in one location.

Limitation on Damages for Noneconomic Loss - N.C.G.S. 90-21.19 provides as follows:

Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, in any medical malpractice action in which the plaintiff is entitled to an award of noneconomic damages, the total amount of noneconomic damages for which judgment is entered against all defendants shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000). Judgment shall not be entered against any defendant for noneconomic damages in excess of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for all claims brought by all parties arising out of the same professional services. On January 1 of every third year, beginning with January 1, 2014, the Administrative Office of the Courts shall reset the limitation on damages for noneconomic loss set forth in this subsection to be equal to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) times the ratio of the Consumer Price Index for November of the prior year to the Consumer Price Index for November 2011. The Administrative Office of the Courts shall inform the Revisor of Statutes of the reset limitation. The Revisor of Statutes shall publish this reset limitation as an editor's note to this section. In the event that any verdict or award of noneconomic damages stated pursuant to G.S. 90-21.19B exceeds these limits, the court shall modify the judgment as necessary to conform to the requirements of this subsection.
Based on the methodology required by the G.S. 90-21.19, NCAOC calculates the reset limitation to be $515,000, effective January 1, 2014.

Civil Public Access Users Manual - This manual addresses the inquiry functions in the Civil Case Processing System (VCAP) for public access users. This manual provides navigational knowledge to improve search results and interpretation of new electronic judgment abstracts which are currently being implemented on a county by county basis is provided.

Judgment Calculator - Legal pads, pens, pencils and law books are considered to be the tools of the trade for attorneys. Should a calculator now be added to that list? Not the kind that calculates your taxes, but the kind that calculates how much your client needs to pay to bring closure to their civil judgments. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has made such a tool available through the World Wide Web. The Judgment Calculator is permanently available here by clicking on the Judgment Calculator link on the left menu.
 
 
 
   
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