What was the North Carolina Court of Appeals' reversal rate in 2015?

A case before the COA can have several outcomes. I divided these outcomes into four categories: (1) Affirmed – meaning the lower court’s ruling stands; (2) Reversed – meaning the lower court’s order is no longer valid; (3) Mixed – meaning part of the lower court’s order was affirmed and part was reversed; and (4) Dismissed – meaning the COA did not consider the merits of the appeal.

I categorized all of the COA’s 1019 opinions issued in 2015. Of these opinions, 663 were affirmed, 163 were reversed, 128 were mixed, and 65 were dismissed. The percentage breaks down as follows:


2015 COA Outcomes
% Affirmed
% Reversed
% Mixed
% Dismissed
65%
16%
13%
6%

While this is interesting, I decided to break the results down further by type of case to see if my perception that criminal cases are rarely reversed is based in reality.


2015 COA Outcomes


Opinions

Affirmed

Reversed

Mixed
% Dismissed
Civil
400
57%
19%
14%
10%
Criminal
467
70%
13%
12%
5%
Juvenile
141
72%
16%
10%
1%
Juvenile-Criminal
11
73%
0%
18%
9%

It looks like criminal cases are reversed less frequently than civil cases.