N.C. R. App. P. 2. Suspension of Rules
To prevent manifest injustice to a party, or to expedite decision in the public interest, either court of the appellate division may, except as otherwise expressly provided by these rules, suspend or vary the requirements or provisions of any of these rules in a case pending before it upon application of a party or upon its own initiative, and may order proceedings in accordance with its directions.
287 N.C. 671; 324 N.C. 613; 354 N.C. 609; 363 N.C. 901.