N.C. R. App. P. 8. Stay Pending Appeal
(a) Stay in Civil Cases. When appeal is taken in a civil action from a judgment, order, or other determination of a trial court, stay of execution or enforcement thereof pending disposition of the appeal must ordinarily first be sought by the deposit of security with the clerk of the superior court in those cases for which provision is made by law for the entry of stays upon deposit of adequate security, or by application to the trial court for a stay order in all other cases. After a stay order or entry has been denied or vacated by a trial court, an appellant may apply to the appropriate appellate court for a temporary stay and a writ of supersedeas in accordance with Rule 23. In any appeal which is allowed by law to be taken from an administrative tribunal to the appellate division, application for the temporary stay and writ of supersedeas may be made to the appellate court in the first instance. Application for the temporary stay and writ of supersedeas may similarly be made to the appellate court in the first instance when extraordinary circumstances make it impracticable to obtain a stay by deposit of security or by application to the trial court for a stay order.
(b) Stay in Criminal Cases. When a defendant has given notice of appeal, those portions of criminal sentences which impose fines or costs are automatically stayed pursuant to the provisions of N.C.G.S. § 15A-1451. Stays of imprisonment or of the execution of death sentences must be pursued under N.C.G.S. § 15A-536 or Rule 23.
287 N.C. 671; 312 N.C. 803; 324 N.C. 613; 345 N.C. 765; 354 N.C. 609; 363 N.C. 901.