The North Carolina District Court system is part of the judicial branch of the federal government. Whether you are an attorney filing a federal case, a business owner pursuing or responding to litigation at the federal level or simply interested in reviewing North Carolina District Court records that affect your industry, you can access necessary information and even conduct case filing online through the District Court of North Carolina.
In many cases, you will have a choice about whether to file a case in the federal or state courts. Bankruptcy and intellectual property disputes, however, are important exceptions; these cases may only be tried at the federal level, in the North Carolina District Court. As with most states, North Carolina is divided geographically into more than one federal court district, and you will need to file or request information from the appropriate NC District Court. Use online resources to:
1. Identify the correct North Carolina District Court for filing a case.
2. Obtain forms and information about the federal NC court calendar.
3. Gain access to North Carolina District Court records.
Identify the appropriate North Carolina District CourtThere are three federal court districts in North Carolina. Select the correct geographic North Carolina District Court website for information and resources.
Eastern District Court of North Carolina has four divisions, with public offices in Raleigh, Greenville and Wilmington. The North Carolina District Court's Middle District covers Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Durham. The Western District Court of North Carolina has its divisional offices in Asheville, Charlotte, Bryson City and Statesville.
File North Carolina District Court cases and access NC court calendar information electronicallyUse online resources to file cases electronically and track the federal NC court calendar in each district. You must register to use the federal electronic filing and case management system, and each North Carolina District Court requires its own registration.
Eastern, Middle or Western District Court of North Carolina.
Obtain North Carolina court recordsThe best way to obtain federal NC court records information is to use PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records), the government's online database; registration is required. Other free NC court records databases may be less complete, but often provide easier access. For full reports, you'll have to go beyond free NC court public records.
PACER for access to North Carolina District Court rulings. Use Justia.com to search for North Carolina District Court case by party name, case type or date; you can search by district or include the entire state. For full North Carolina District Court reports, the unofficial source is Thomson West's Federal Supplement; bankruptcy records from AR District Courts are available in Thomson West's Bankruptcy Reporter.
- Don't confuse the State District Court of North Carolina system, formerly known as the municipal courts, with the federal North Carolina District Court, especially when searching for NC court records.