Judge John M. Tyson Chamber’s 2021 statistics from the North Carolina Court of Appeals

MARCH 1, 2022

Raleigh, NC – Judge John M. Tyson promised North Carolina citizens that he would 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. He is a filed candidate and also seeking re-election to the court in 2022. In the first few weeks of each year, he reports to the public and to voters his performance over the previous calendar year. During 2021 he continued to serve the public and profession actively, both in and out of chambers.

During the 2021 calendar year, he reviewed and heard over 220 total appeals. Tyson authored 68 majority opinions and 11 concurring and/or dissenting opinions. His chamber’s performance from 2015 and 2016 are available here, his 2017 statistics are found here, his 2018 report can be accessed here, his 2019 report is linked here, and his 2020 report is 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 2021 was 32.88 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 eight of his opinions, and of these cases: four were affirmed; two were reversed; and two were reversed by the majority of the court to follow dissenting opinions from Judge Tyson.

Out of chambers, Judge Tyson began his 35th year of teaching at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. He participated in numerous CLE presentations during the year. Judge Tyson also continues to serve a second three-year term and as the elected vice chair of the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission. He serves on the Executive Committee of the ABA Appellate Judges Conference and on the Executive Board of the Appellate Judges Education Institute. He continues to speak at many undergraduate and law school classes across the state and enjoys judging student mock trial and moot court programs.

“The virus pandemic in 2020 and 2021 closed many courthouses across the state, and the cessation of jury trials reduced the number of appeals.” Tyson said. “Still, my colleagues on the N.C. Court of Appeals and our staff continued to contribute efficient and timely results.”

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