Raleigh, NC – Judge John M. Tyson promised North Carolina citizens to reduce delays for parties awaiting the outcome of their appeals, citing: “Justice delayed is Justice denied.” Tyson was re-elected to the N. C. Court of Appeals in 2014, after previously serving an eight-year term from 2001-2009. Each year, he reports to the public and voters his performance over the previous year. During the calendar year of 2019, he continued to serve actively, both in and out of chambers. Four new judges joined the Court of Appeals in 2019.

During the 2019 calendar year, he reviewed and heard 246 total appeals. Tyson authored 96 total opinions: 79 majority opinions and 17 concurring and/or dissenting opinions. His chamber’s performance from 2015 and 2016 are available here, his 2017 statistics are found here and his 2018 report can be accessed here.

Judge Tyson also announced his chamber’s average time between the dates the appeal was heard by the court, and when his opinions were filed. Judge Tyson’s average time for rendering his majority opinions from the hearing to the filing date during 2019 was 33 days. Court policy allows opinions to be filed up to 90 days after the appeal is heard by the court.

The Supreme Court of North Carolina further reviewed 19 of Judge Tyson’s opinions, and 15 of those were affirmed or left undisturbed by the higher court, while two cases were remanded for further consideration. An additional case where Judge Tyson dissented from the majority was reversed on his reasoning and remanded by the court. Judge Tyson continues to serve as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, appointed by the Chief Justice.

Out of Chambers, Judge Tyson completed his 33nd year of teaching at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. Judge Tyson’s scholarly article on Morals, Ethics, and Law was published in the Liberty University Law Review. He also participated in court of appeals sessions held in Durham at Duke Law School, at Greensboro at Elon Law School and in Raleigh at Campbell Law School. Judge Tyson continued to judge numerous mock trial and moot court competitions for students throughout North Carolina and Virginia.

During 2019, Judge Tyson was recognized as a North Carolina Leader in the Law by Lawyers Weekly and Elon Law School. Also during 2019, Judge Tyson was elected by the American Bar Association to serve on the Executive Committee of The Appellate Judges Conference of the Judicial Division and to the Board of Directors of the Appellate Judges Education Institute.

“2019 was a productive year for our chambers,” Tyson said. “Our priority is to ensure that all parties awaiting the finality of their appeal are afforded the most efficient, fair and thorough review of their case. I appreciate the work and assistance of all colleagues and court staff who helped contribute to these results.”

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