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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17, Nov 2014 - W.Va. couple convicted of stealing to buy N.C. house
The Associated Press WHEELING, W.Va. - A West Virginia couple has been convicted of stealing from a 90-year-old woman to buy a beach house in North Carolina. A federal jury found Timothy Summers, 67, and his wife, Lea Ann Summers, 52, of Proctor, guilty of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, securities fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property. The jury issued its verdict ...
15, Nov 2014 - Lawyer leaves UNC-CH as public records questions swirl
The top lawyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is leaving for a job at the University of Louisville as questions mount over UNC's actions in the wake of an outside investigation into academic fraud at the university.
12, Oct 2014 - Sampson, NC NC inmate died of thirst after 35 days in solitary
A North Carolina inmate with mental illness who died of thirst was held in solitary confinement for 35 days and cited twice for flooding his cell, according to prison records.
12, Oct 2014 - Alexander, NC Autopsy Reports North Carolina Inmate Died Of Thirst After 35 Days In Solitary Confinement
A North Carolina inmate suffering from mental illness died of thirst after being held in solitary confinement for 35 days, ABC News reports. On March 12, Michael Anthony Kerr, 54-years-old, was found unresponsive at the back of a van after he was driven for three hours to a mental hospital at Central Prison in Raleigh Autopsy Reports North Carolina Inmate Died Of Thirst After 35 Days In Solitary ...
12, Oct 2014 - Alexander, NC Federal government to investigate case of NC inmate who died of thirst
The U.S. Attorney's office notified the state of North Carolina Thursday that it has opened a criminal investigation into the death of inmate Michael Anthony Kerr who was found unresponsive in the back of a van March 12. An autopsy determined that Kerr died of dehydration.
12, Oct 2014 - Gay marriage ban struck down in North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN) — A federal judge in North Carolina ruled Friday that same-sex marriage can begin there. State officials earlier Friday had announced they would fight any such order, and it is unclear when and if marriage licenses would be issued. If eventually upheld, the North Carolina case would add further legal and […]
12, Oct 2014 - Warren, NC Quirky NC law puts cocaine case before Supreme Court
A case from North Carolina turns on whether an officer's mistaken belief about a state law still can justify a traffic stop that led to the discovery of cocaine.
12, Oct 2014 - Raleigh, NC Vanishing Marine will be tried on desertion charge
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — A Lebanese-born U.S. Marine who vanished from his unit in Iraq and later wound up in Lebanon for eight years will face trial on desertion and other charges, the military said Friday.
12, Oct 2014 - Sampson, NC Moving killer Gary Lee Sampson to Ind. could top $120,000
An attorney for the U.S. Marshals Service informed a federal judge in Boston today it will cost taxpayers more than $120,240 to grant homesick spree killer Gary Lee Sampson’s request to return to death row in Terre Haute, Ind. from a North Carolina hoosegow, only to have to be flown back to Boston to be retried to face the death penalty. The Herald reported in August Sampson, 55, of Abington ...
12, Oct 2014 - Lee, NC Rescued from America’s Gulag Archipelago
When a North Carolina judge last week vacated the prison sentences of 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum, who had spent nearly 30 years on the state’s death row, and his 46-year-old half-brother, Leon Brown, sentenced to life in prison, for a heinous rape and murder DNA evidence had finally proved they had not committed, the court room resounded with cries of relief and “Thank you, Jesus!” from ...
12, Oct 2014 - Haywood, NC ‘Extreme Makeover’ host at work on turning old NC prison into a homeless shelter
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” star Ty Pennington is at work on a prison-flipping project in North Carolina. WLOS-TV reported the celebrity will supervise some of the hundreds of volunteers who have signed on to transform the old Hazelwood State Prison into a halfway house, homeless shelter and soup kitchen. The Hazelwood Pathways […]
12, Oct 2014 - Raleigh, NC NC asks US Supreme Court to restore election rules
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina attorneys wasted no time pleading to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to allow the state to carry out two key voting changes for the fall election.
12, Oct 2014 - Haywood, NC Ty Pennington helps flip prison in Waynesville
Ty Pennington is known for his extreme renovations on homes, but his work in Western North Carolina is helping people who may not have one. The television star was in Waynesville in Haywood County on Thursday to lending a hand to the Haywood Pathways Center. It's a project that's flipping an old prison into a halfway house, homeless shelter and soup kitchen. "I've never been part of flipping a ...
12, Oct 2014 - Lee, NC You have the right to remain silent
For thirty years, Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown sat in a North Carolina prison for a rape and murder they didn’t commit. There was no physical evidence linking them to the crime, so McCollum’s and Brown’s convictions rested heavily on coerced confessions given under the false belief that if they “talked,” they would be able to go home. They finally got to do just that, after a fresh look at ...
12, Oct 2014 - Fugitive returns to NC after 1973 prison escape
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — (AP) A fugitive captured in Iowa after decades on the run is returning to North Carolina, where he escaped from prison in 1973.
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