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During the five years preceding application:

Average of at least 500 hours a year,

Minimum of 400 hours for any one year.

Practice equivalents may be accepted for the following:

  • service as a law professor for one year
  • service as a federal, state or tribal court judge for one year.

Additional information required regarding: (A) representation during the applicant's entire legal career in criminal trials concluded by jury verdict; (B) representation as principal counsel of record in federal felony cases or state felony cases (Class G or higher) (C) court appearances in other substantive criminal proceedings in criminal courts of any jurisdiction; and (D) representation in appeals of decisions to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, or any federal appellate court.


During the five years preceding application:

At least 65 hours of accredited CLE in criminal law.

No less than 6 credits in any one year.


Must provide the names of ten lawyers or judges who are familiar with the competence and qualification of the applicant in criminal law.

Must also provide a list of opposing counsel and the judge in last ten serious (Class G or higher) felony cases tried by the applicant.

All references must be licensed and in good standing to practice law and must have significant legal or judicial experience in criminal law.

A reference may not be related by blood or marriage to the applicant nor may the reference be a colleague at the applicant’s place of employment at the time of the application.


Additional provisions may apply, so please review the recertification standards set forth in 27 NCAC Subchapter D, Sections .2500.