Raleigh, NC – Judge John M. Tyson promised citizens to reduce delays for parties awaiting the outcome of their appeals, citing: “Justice delayed is justice denied”. Tyson was re-elected in 2014, after previously serving an eight-year term from 2001-2009, and returned to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2015. The calendar year of 2018 remained active both inside and outside of chambers.

Judge Tyson has released updated statistics highlighting the total number of cases he heard and opinions he filed during the 2018 calendar year. In the 273 cases his panels heard, Tyson authored 91 majority opinions, an increase over the chamber’s statistics from 2017. He also filed five concurring and/or dissenting opinions, totaling 96 total opinions filed during 2018. His chambers performance from 2015 and 2016 are available here and his 2017 statistics are found here.

The Supreme Court of North Carolina further reviewed 27 of Judge Tyson’s opinions, and 24 of those were affirmed or left undisturbed by the higher court, while one case was remanded for further consideration.

Judge Tyson also announced his chamber’s average time between the dates the appeal was heard by the court, and his opinions were filed. Court policy allows opinions to be filed up to 90 days after the appeal is heard by the court. Judge Tyson’s average time for rendering his majority opinions from the hearing to the filing date during 2018 was 26 days, a decrease from the average of 30 days logged in 2017.

Out of Chambers, Judge Tyson was appointed to the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission by the Chief Justice. He published a comprehensive and widely-regarded article on N.C. Judicial Selection in the Fall 2018 volume of the N.C. State Bar Journal and completed his 31st year of teaching at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. He participated in court sessions held at three N.C. law schools throughout the year, visited, and spoke at the three remaining law schools in N.C., as well as two law schools in Virginia. He also continued to judge numerous mock trial and moot court competitions for students throughout North Carolina and Virginia.

“The close of 2018 proved to be a very active and productive year for our chambers,” Tyson said. “Our chamber’s priority is to continue to ensure that any party awaiting the finality of their appeal are afforded the most efficient, fair and thorough review of their case. We appreciate the cooperation of the other judges, courts and chamber’s staffs to achieving these results.”

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