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Out-of-Term, Out-of-Session, Out-of-County

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In North Carolina the commonly stated rule, for both criminal and civil cases in both superior and district court, is that a judgment or order affecting substantial rights may not be entered without the consent of the parties (1) after the session of court has expired, or (2) while the judge is out of the county or district. Actually, there are many instances when orders may be entered out-of-session and out-of-county, especially in civil cases. This bulletin describes the instances when court orders may be entered out-of-term, out-of-session, and out-of-county.