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Can I Demand a Jury? Should I?

In Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

For people who have never been involved in a lawsuit, it is easy to imagine what a trial is like: twelve skeptical jurors staring at you as an attorney picks apart your testimony. This is probably the result of watching the O.J. Simpson trial, or years of Law and Order marathons. The reality is that jury trials in North Carolina are relatively rare occurrences. In fact, there are limits as to what kind of cases are subject to jury demands. Matters that Allow for Jury Demands Jury trials are not available when seeking a domestic violence protective order (DVPO), child custody, child support, or division of marital property. Generally, a jury trial is only permitted in North Carolina cases where it is provided for by the Constitution or by statute. …