(a)        A waiver of venue must be in writing and signed by the defendant and the prosecutor indicating the consent of all parties to the waiver. The waiver must specify what stages of the proceedings are affected by the waiver, and the county to which venue is changed. If the venue is to be laid in a county in another prosecutorial district, the consent in writing of the prosecutor in that district must be filed with the clerks of both counties.

(b)        Repealed by Session Laws 1989, c. 688, s. 2.

(c)        Motions for change of venue by the defendant are made under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-957. If venue is laid in a county in another prosecutorial district by order of the judge ruling on the motion, no consent of any prosecutor is required.

(d)       If venue is changed to a county in another prosecutorial district, whether upon waiver of venue or by order of a judge, the prosecutor of the prosecutorial district where the case originated must prosecute the case unless the prosecutor of the district to which venue has been changed consents to conduct the prosecution.

(e)        If venue is changed, whether upon waiver of venue or by order of a judge, the grand jury in the county to which venue has been transferred has the power to return an indictment in the case. If an indictment has already been returned before the change of venue, no new indictment is necessary and prosecution may be had in the new county under the original indictment. ?(1921, c. 12, ss. 1, 2; C.S., ss. 4606(a), 4606(b); 1973, c. 1286, s. 1; 1975, c. 166, s. 27; 1987 (Reg. Sess., 1988), c. 1037, s. 54; 1989, c. 688, s. 2.)

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 15A-133

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • filed: means :

    a. See North Carolina General Statutes 15A-101.1

  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • in writing: may be construed to include printing, engraving, lithographing, and any other mode of representing words and letters: Provided, that in all cases where a written signature is required by law, the same shall be in a proper handwriting, or in a proper mark. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Original: means :

    a. See North Carolina General Statutes 15A-101.1

  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.