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NC Court of Appeals to reveal more about how judges ruled

Gavel, as found in a courtroom.
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North Carolina’s intermediate-level appeals court will now make public more details about how its three-judge panels settled certain questions. On Monday, the state Court of Appeals says it will begin revealing whether petition rulings are unanimous or 2-1 votes. That will happen the day the order becomes public. The names of the judges on the panel and their individual votes will follow 90 days later. The court says that delay will prevent judge-shopping while providing transparency. Petitions seek relief like blocking a trial court's judgment on appeal or compelling a trial court to act. Names and votes of judges on more detailed court opinions already are made public.