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RICHARD MELVIN, Plaintiff v. ROLAND R. ST. LOUIS, JR. and

FRIEDMAN, RODRIGUEZ, and FERRARO, P.A., Defendants


No. COA98-484

(Filed 5 January 1999)

Appeal and Error--notice of appeal--oral--insufficient

    An appeal from a civil action was dismissed where plaintiff orally gave notice of appeal before the trial court but the record on appeal does not contain a notice of appeal filed with the clerk of superior court and served upon the appellees. N.C. Rules of Appellate Procedure 3(a).    Appeal by plaintiff from judgment filed 2 March 1998 by Judge James L. Baker, Jr. in Macon County Superior Court. Heard in the Court of Appeals 16 December 1998.

    Jones, Key, Melvin & Patton, P.A., by Richard Melvin, for plaintiff appellant.

    Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A., by Dale A. Curriden, for defendant appellees.

    GREENE, Judge.

    Richard Melvin (Plaintiff) purports to appeal from the trial court's adverse final judgment by orally giving notice of appeal before the trial court. Our Rules of Appellate Procedure provide that notice of appeal in a civil action is taken "by filing notice of appeal with the clerk of superior court and serving copies thereof upon all other parties . . . ." N.C.R. App. P. 3(a). The requirements of Rule 3 are jurisdictional; therefore oral notice of appeal is insufficient to confer jurisdiction on this Court in a civil action. Currin-Dillehay Bldg. Supply v. Frazier, 100 N.C. App. 188, 189, 394 S.E.2d 683, 683, appeal dismissed and disc. review denied, 327 N.C. 633, 399 S.E.2d 326 (1990). Because the record on appeal does not contain a notice of appeal filed with the clerk of superior court and served upon the appellees, we are required to dismiss this appeal. CrowellConstructors, Inc. v. State ex rel. Cobey, 328 N.C. 563, 563-64, 402 S.E.2d 407, 407 (1991) (per curiam).
    Dismissed.
    Judges TIMMONS-GOODSON and HUNTER concur.

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