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North Carolina's appeals courts will reveal how judges ruled

us-regions court will now make public more details about how its three-judge panels settled certain questions brought before them.

On Monday, the state Court of Appeals will begin revealing online whether rulings on petitions filed with the court are unanimous or 2-1 votes. That will happen the day when a petition order becomes public.

Petitions seek legal relief, such as blocking a trial court’s judgment while it’s appealed or crime to act.

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A North Carolina court of appeals has decided they will reveal more about how their judges rule in different cases.

A North Carolina court of appeals has decided they will reveal more about how their judges rule in different cases.

Ninety days after each such petition decision is announced, the court also will reveal which of the 15 judges served on the panel seated at that time to hear the petition, and how each of them voted.

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Historically, the names haven’t been disclosed so as to discourage legal parties from “judge shopping,” according to a court news release. The 90-day delay will allow the seated panel to remain anonymous, while providing transparency, the appeals court said.

Initially, the identities and votes of judges on the petition panels between March 10 and May 3 will be revealed.

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Petitions are different from written opinions originating from judiciary — their authors already are identified, as are the judge or judges who concur with the prevailing opinion.

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