State v. Harris, ___ N.C. App. ___, 805 S.E.2d 729 (Sept. 19, 2017)

The court agreed with the defendant that a civil judgment imposing fees against him must be vacated because neither the defense counsel’s total attorney fee amount nor the appointment fee were discussed in open court with the defendant. The court noted that on remand the State may apply for judgment in accordance with G.S. 7A-455, provided that the defendant is given notice and an opportunity to be heard regarding the total amount of hours and fees claimed for court-appointed counsel. Similarly, although the $60 appointment fee was vacated, that was without prejudice to the State again seeking an appointment fee on remand.