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North Carolina has more than 400 criminal laws.
Cases are heard in both District and Superior Courts. The most serious cases,
the ones that often result in a prison sentence of at least one year or more,
are felonies and they are usually heard in Superior Court. District Court also
conducts preliminary hearings to determine if there is enough evidence or probable
cause to bind a defendant over to the grand jury for indictment to stand trial
in Superior Court. The state is divided into 64 Superior Court districts. A
civil action in court is one whose aim is to protect a private, civil right
or to obtain a civil remedy. Civil cases usually involve family issues such
as divorce or child custody, or disputes over contracts or personal injury claims.
The vast majority of civil court cases are heard in District Court. Generally,
District Court judges hear cases involving less than $10,000 in money. Claims
in excess of $10,000 are heard in Superior Court. A magistrate decides cases
involving less than $5,000, cases considered a small claim action.
From here you are able to inquire on North Carolina
state case records including docket entries, parties, judgments, and charges
in public courts. In common law jurisdictions, a court of record is a court
that keeps permanent records of its proceedings. Judgments of a trial court
of record are normally subject to appellate review. In many jurisdictions, all
courts are courts of record. In many jurisdictions, courts that have the power
to fine or imprison must be courts of record. In almost all jurisdictions, a
court of record will have a court clerk whose primary duty is to maintain the
permanent records. Traditionally, a court of record was required to have its
own unique seal, which was used to authenticate its judgments and copies of
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