North Carolina Court Records

What is Included in North Carolina Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

North Carolina Court Record Lookup

Enforcing an eviction order, collecting a civil judgement, establishing child custody, or clearing one’s driving record can all be accomplished with the proper court document. North Carolina NC Court records are public documents available to anyone in North Carolina or other states and can be accessed by performing North Carolina court records search.

Specialty courts

Business court is overseen by a sitting superior court justice appointed by the state supreme court to apply commercial and corporate laws in four locations around the state.

Drug treatment courts are aimed at keeping nonviolent addicts out of jail and connecting them with treatment options.

Family courts, located in eight districts, specifically handle domestic issues such as family violence, divorce, custody, North Carolina child support, and juvenile issues.

Trial courts

District courts are located in each county in North Carolina, with jurisdiction over misdemeanor crimes, civil cases with up to $25,000 in value, and some family issue such as divorces. Jury trials are not held in district courts.

Superior courts hear all felony criminal cases and civil cases with more than $25,000 of value in dispute. These North Carolina courthouses also hear appeals of district court cases. There are eight superior court divisions around the state. Mentioned courts had 16,194 civil and 126,707 criminal cases before them in a recent year, which can be accessed via North Carolina court case lookup. There were an additional 8,600 criminal-level traffic issues. To find this information perform North Carolina criminal records search.

Appellate courts

Fifteen judges sit in panels of three to hear appeals of lower court case decisions in dispute.

The state supreme court oversees the state bar, appeals of decisions of state agencies, and takes cases from the intermediate appellate court.

U.S. District Courts

Each state has at least one federal court, called U.S. District Court. These NC courtrooms have jurisdiction over violations of federal law, multistate lawsuits, bankruptcy, and more. Anyone can access these North Carolina court records online via performing North Carolina court record lookup.

North Carolina Notable Court Cases

In Dickson v. Rucho, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the decision that race could be used to choose new boundaries for voting districts after reviewing results of the 2010 census. The plaintiffs argued that the government was creating the majority and minority districts by relying too much on race while redrawing the districts. The U.S. Supreme Court later sent the case back to North Carolina's Supreme Court for review after the federal high court determined in a similar Alabama case that the redistricting should be done so with great scrutiny when based on analysis of race.


North Carolina Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 515,354
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 5,079
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 101%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 205,981

Civil Caseloads for North Carolina, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 515,354 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 5,079 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 101% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

Criminal Caseloads by Type

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

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State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2018
Good FridayFriday, March 30, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Veteran's DayMonday, November 12, 2018
ThanksgivingThursday, November 22, 2018
Day after ThanksgivingFriday, November 23, 2018
Christmas EveMonday, December 24, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018
Day after ChristmasWednesday, December 26, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Court of Appeals Caseloads