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North Carolina Supreme Court

Court Records

State office

Administrative Office of Courts

901 Corporate Center Drive

Raleigh, NC 27607-5045

Records Available:

The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts maintains court records for the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the superior, district, business and family courts. The Superior Court has jurisdiction for all civil and criminal cases, with more limited jurisdiction by the district courts. The application form for the Clerk of Courts usually requires relationship and reasons for the copy request. A county court directory is on the website of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.

North Carolina  Court Record Availability

All trial court research for record copies must be done at the local level.

Access to North Carolina Court Records

Retrieving Records

Copies of public record court documents are obtained from the clerk of court in the specific court where the case was filed. The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts initiated an eFiling system in the superior courts of Chowan, Davidson, and Wake counties in 2009 with a goal of full and mandatory implementation in all 100 counties by 2012. Case summary information for all cases in the eFiling system will be viewable by anyone with an account.


Court record copy costs depend on search time and number of pages. Several independent online companies will search North Carolina court records for a fee.

Years Available

Court records date back to 1663. Records prior to 1900 are at the North Carolina State Archives. Current records are maintained by the clerk of each court.