Pretrial Vol. 1

John Rubin and Alyson A. Grine

Volume One, Pretrial, of the North Carolina Defender Manual (second edition) focuses on the principal areas of pretrial criminal procedure in North Carolina. Fifteen chapters cover a variety of topics, such as capacity to proceed, discovery, criminal pleadings, speedy trial, and suppression motions. The manual includes cases decided by the courts through June 2013 and legislation enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly through the end of its 2013 legislative session. It replaces the first edition, dated 1998-2004.

Second Edition, 2013

About the Authors


John Rubin joined the School of Government faculty in 1991. He specializes in criminal law and procedure and indigent defense education. Before joining the School, he practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, California. He has written extensively on criminal law and procedure and teaches and consults with indigent defenders, judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and others who work in the court system. He earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2008, he received the Albert and Gladys Coates Term Award for Faculty Excellence. In 2012, he was named Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government.

Alyson A. Grine has served as the Defender Educator at the School of Government since 2006, focusing on criminal law and procedure and indigent defense education. Prior to 2006, she worked for five years as an assistant public defender in Orange and Chatham counties. She served as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice Henry Frye of the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2000 and for Judge Patricia Timmons-Goodson of the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 1999. Ms. Grine earned a B.A. with distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2012, she was honored with the School of Government’s Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Teaching Excellence award. She has co-authored various manuals in the Indigent Defense Manual Series.