An unpublished opinion of the North Carolina Court of Appeals does not constitute controlling legal authority. Citation is disfavored, but may be permitted in accordance with the provisions of Rule 30(e)(3) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Proced ure.

NO. COA04-1600


Filed: 5 July 2005


v .                         New Hanover County
                            No. 96 CVD 280

    Appeal by defendant from order entered 8 September 2004 by Judge Julius H. Corpening in New Hanover County District Court. Heard in the Court of Appeals 24 March 2005.
    Frank Cherry, for plaintiff-appellee.
    Montez Brown, pro se defendant-appellant.

    LEVINSON, Judge.

    The 8 September 2004 order that is the subject of this appeal accomplished the ministerial action of placing defendant back into custody to ensure all the monies required by a 14 July 2004 order were paid. The 14 July 2004 order is the subject of a corollary appeal in Brown v. Brown, __ N.C. App. __, __ S.E.2d __ (filed 5 July 2005, COA04-1189). The 8 September 2004 order was entered because defendant had not “fully purged himself for contempt of court” as adjudicated in the 14 July 2004 order. The 8 September 2004 order did not hold, once again, that defendant was in wilfulviolation of any court order, including the original civil judgment for child support arrearages. Rather, it merely stated that defendant was “still in wilful contempt of court” because his earlier release from custody after paying the principal sum of $12,388.48 (but not interest and attorney fees) was due to a “clerical error.”
    Because the 14 July 2004 order on contempt must be vacated for the reasons set forth in Brown v. Brown, __ N.C. App. __, __ S.E.2d ___, it necessarily follows that the trial court was without authority to require the defendant to take the actions specified in its 8 September 2004 order. Like the order in the related appeal, the order which is the subject of this appeal must be vacated.
    Judges McCULLOUGH and HUNTER concur.
    Report per Rule 30(e).

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