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North Carolina Courts, Cases, and Rules

Information and resources regarding North Carolina Courts

Structure

Overview of the North Carolina Courts System

The North Carolina Court's system has a website, and it contains information regarding the structure of the court.  The North Carolina Constitution provides for three branches of government: the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Branch.  The judiciary is the court system, which is separated into three divisions: the Appellate Division, the Superior Court Division, and the District Court Division.  For more information, visit NCCourts.gov.

Locations

There are a number of locations for courts in North Carolina.  Here is a link to an interactive map on the NC Courts website containing information for each county.

Appellate Division

In North Carolina, the Appellate Division is comprised of both the NC Supreme Court and the NC Court of Appeals.  The Supreme Court is the highest court in the state.  For information regarding the NC Supreme Court, visit their website at: https://www.nccourts.gov/courts/supreme-court.  The NC Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in the state.  For information regarding the NC Court of Appeals, visit their website at: https://www.nccourts.gov/courts/court-of-appeals.

Superior Court Division

In North Carolina, the Superior Court and District Court divisions are the trial court divisions.  According to the NC Courts website, "Superior courts hear cases involving felony crimes, civil cases including $25,000 or more, and appeals from district courts."  NCcourts.gov  The Business Court is a specialized superior court that hears complex corporate and commercial law cases.  For additional information regarding the Superior Court Division, click here.

District Court Division

According to the NC Court's website, "District courts handle serious, but lower level crimes, and civil cases between $10,000-$25,000."  NCcourts.gov.  They also hear juvenile and magistrate matters.  Magistrates usually preside over small claims court.  For additional information regarding the District Court Division, click here.

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