N.C. R. App. P. 32. Mandates of the Courts
(a) In General. Unless a court of the appellate division directs that a formal mandate shall issue, the mandate of the court consists of certified copies of its judgment and of its opinion and any direction of its clerk as to costs. The mandate is issued by its transmittal from the clerk of the issuing court to the clerk or comparable officer of the tribunal from which appeal was taken to the issuing court.
(b) Time of Issuance. Unless a court orders otherwise, its clerk shall enter judgment and issue the mandate of the court twenty days after the written opinion of the court has been filed with the clerk.
287 N.C. 671; 312 N.C. 803; 324 N.C. 613; 354 N.C. 609; 363 N.C. 901.