Courts in North Carolina
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The North Carolina state court system is relatively simple. At its lowest level are the North Carolina District Courts, which handle a variety of civil cases including North Carolina small claims cases and those relating to juvenile, domestic relations, and mental health matters. Next are the North Carolina Superior Courts, which handle higher value civil cases and North Carolina criminal matters. If you appeal a Superior Court decision in North Carolina, this will be heard in the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The North Carolina Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears Court of Appeals cases that have been appealed, as well as any case involving a potential death penalty sentence. If you're trying to find North Carolina court records online, information regarding North Carolina Superior Court and Court of Appeals cases can be viewed at the North Carolina Docket Sheet database. This online court records system is located at To obtain other North Carolina court documents you will need to contact the Clerk of Courts office in the North Carolina county where the case took place.
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26, Jan 2015 - Raleigh, NC North Carolina editorial roundup
It is the moment advocates of same-sex marriage have been anticipating and perhaps hoping for. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the wake of differing federal appellate court opinions, will settle the issue of whether bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.
26, Jan 2015 - Raleigh, NC Police testimony, psychological report basis of Grant Hayes' bid for new trial
Grant Hayes, serving life in prison for the grisly death of his ex-girlfriend nearly four years ago, had his bid for a new trial heard Wednesday before a three-member panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
25, Jan 2015 - Multistate spree leaves N.C. couple dead, 2 officers hurt
CHARLESTON, W.Va. A multistate crime spree left a North Carolina couple dead and their home torched before two suspects were caught in a New Year’s Day shootout that wounded two West Virginia police officers, authorities said Friday.
25, Jan 2015 - Martin starts eight-year term as North Carolina chief justice
The top judge on North Carolina's highest court took his oath of office Monday for a new eight-year term.
25, Jan 2015 - Mental care ordered for NC man ahead of terror support trial - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Miss
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered psychiatric treatment for a North Carolina man so that he might be competent to stand trial on a charge that he sought to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Syria.
25, Jan 2015 - Supreme Court Rules Police Can Violate The 4th Amendment (If They Are Ignorant Of The Law)
Via The Rutherford Institute , U.S. Supreme Court Rules 8-1 that Citizens Have No Protection Against Fourth Amendment Violations by Police Officers Ignorant of the Law WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights ...
25, Jan 2015 - Charges being filed in crime spree that killed Granville County couple
Authorities say murder charges are being filed against a father and son accused of killing a North Carolina couple as part of a multistate crime spree that ended in a police shootout.
25, Jan 2015 - TX Father And Son Suspected In Multistate Crime Spree
Two suspects in a multistate crime spree that left a North Carolina couple dead and their home torched are from Texas.
25, Jan 2015 - State Supreme Court Swears In Chief Justice Mark Martin | WUNC
North Carolina's state Supreme Court Chief Justice was sworn in yesterday. Chief Justice Mark Martin was officially sworn in for an eight-year term in a ceremony at the North Carolina Supreme Court.
25, Jan 2015 - Wrongly jailed man free after decades
Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) A 70-year-old man who spent more than half his life in a North Carolina prison for two murders he didn't commit walked out a free man, holding his belongings in two white plastic bags. Joseph Sledge, who was wrongfully convicted in 1978, said he feels wonderful about his freedom. Sledge was picked up after he was spotted in Dillon, South Carolina, driving a stolen car ...
25, Jan 2015 - Brunswick, NC Use of cigarette butt as evidence in Taft murder OK, court says
On Tuesday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the use of DNA evidence from a discarded cigarette butt in the murder case of State Board of Education member Kathy Taft was constitutional.
25, Jan 2015 - Holliday: Wounded Tar Heels survive Florida State
With five players sidelined for North Carolina, the Tar Heels used its healthy, talented front court to their advantage against Florida State.
25, Jan 2015 - Senate leader's son appointed NC administrative law judge
An outgoing district attorney, former congressional candidate and son of North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger is now a judge who hears challenges to state agency decisions.
25, Jan 2015 - Pender, NC IN COURT: 4 make historic first appearance on felony Venus Flytrap theft charges
Four people were in court Monday morning for their first appearances on charges of stealing Venus Flytraps in Pender County. The crime  became a felony Dec. 1, 2014 , and this was the first time the new law has been enforced as such in North Carolina.
25, Jan 2015 - Person, NC After 37 years in prison, innocent man freed
Joseph Sledge is the eighth person exonerated after an investigation by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, which started operating in 2007.
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