North Carolina Law Types

What is the difference between public, private, and local laws? 

“A public law affects North Carolinians across the state, and/or at least 15 counties. A private law affects individual persons, property, and relationships (or fewer than 15 counties). A local law applies to a limited number of municipalities or counties. From 1903-1943, Private Laws were subdivided into Private Laws ‘affecting specific individuals or entities’ and Public-Local Laws, which governed everyone within a specific jurisdiction, such as a city or county.” 


State Library of North Carolina. (2021, September 29). North Carolina Legislative Publications: Session laws. North Carolina Legislative Publications. Retrieved August 1, 2022, from (emphasis added). 

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