AN ACT TO MODIFY THE RIGHT TO APPEAL IN TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS CASES.
House committee substitute amends the 3rd edition as follows. Adds the following.
Amends GS 7A-30 to deem decisions of the Court of Appeals upon review of any order appealed pursuant to GS 7B-1001(a), as amended (enumerates final orders in juvenile matters that have a right of appeal directly to the Court of Appeals) only appealable to the Supreme Court pursuant to GS 7A-31, which provides parameters for discretionary review by the Supreme Court. Makes conforming, clarifying, and organizational changes.
Enacts GS 7A-343(16), adding to the duties of the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts (Director). Requires the Director to submit an annual report of appeals of termination of parental rights cases, transmitted by February 1 of each year to the Chief Justice and the NCGA. Lists required content of the report regarding the number of cases properly filed with the Court of Appeals, the dates notice of appeal and record were filed with the Court of Appeals, the date the Court of Appeals issued a final opinion for each case, the number of cases heard by the Supreme Court and the dates the record is received and a final opinion is issued by the Supreme Court, and the average age of the cases measured by the date of notice of appeal filed and the date the record was filed for both courts.