N.C. R. App. P. 33.1. Secure-Leave Periods for Attorneys
(a) Purpose; Authorization. In order to secure for the parties to actions and proceedings pending in the appellate division, and to the public at large, the heightened level of professionalism that an attorney is able to provide when the attorney enjoys periods of time that are free from the urgent demands of professional responsibility and to enhance the overall quality of the attorney’s personal and family life, any attorney may from time to time designate and enjoy one or more secure-leave periods each year as provided in this rule.
(b) Length; Number. A secure-leave period shall consist of one or more complete calendar weeks. During any calendar year, an attorney’s secure-leave periods pursuant to this rule and to Rule 26 of the General Rules of Practice for the Superior and District Courts shall not exceed, in the aggregate, three calendar weeks.
(c) Designation; Effect. To designate a secure-leave period, an attorney shall file a written designation containing the information required by subsection (d), with the official specified in subsection (e), and within the time provided in subsection (f). Upon such filing, the secure-leave period so designated shall be deemed allowed without further action of the court, and the attorney shall not be required to appear at any argument or other in-court proceeding in the appellate division during that secure-leave period.
(d) Content of Designation. The designation shall contain the following information: (1) the attorney’s name, address, telephone number, State Bar number, and e-mail address; (2) the date of the Monday on which the secure-leave period is to begin and of the Friday on which it is to end; (3) the dates of all other secure-leave periods during the current calendar year that have previously been designated by the attorney pursuant to this rule and to Rule 26 of the General Rules of Practice for the Superior and District Courts; (4) a statement that the secure-leave period is not being designated for the purpose of delaying, hindering, or interfering with the timely disposition of any matter in any pending action or proceeding; (5) a statement that no argument or other in-court proceeding has been scheduled during the designated secure-leave period in any matter pending in the appellate division in which the attorney has entered an appearance; and (6) a listing of all cases, by caption and docket number, pending before the appellate court in which the designation is being filed. The designation shall apply only to those cases pending in that appellate court on the date of its filing. A separate designation shall be filed as to any cases on appeal subsequently filed and docketed.
(e) Where to File Designation. The designation shall be filed as follows: (1) if the attorney has entered an appearance in the Supreme Court, in the office of the clerk of the Supreme Court, even if the designation was filed initially in the Court of Appeals; (2) if the attorney has entered an appearance in the Court of Appeals, in the office of the clerk of the Court of Appeals.
(f) When to File Designation. The designation shall be filed: (1) no later than ninety days before the beginning of the secure-leave period, and (2) before any argument or other in-court proceeding has been scheduled for a time during the designated secure-leave period.
350 N.C. 859; 354 N.C. 609; 363 N.C. 901.