Learn about the different courts that make up the North Carolina Court System.

Find my Local Courthouse

Browse our county directory to find a local courthouse to visit or contact.

Learn the Court Process

Learn more about North Carolina’s unified court system.

Appellate Division

Supreme Court

The state’s highest court, and there is no further appeal from its decisions on matters of state law.

Court of Appeals

The state's intermediate appellate court that reviews the proceedings that occurred in trial courts for errors of law or legal procedure.

Trial Division

Superior Court

Superior courts hear civil and criminal cases, including felony cases and civil cases over $25,000.

District Court

District courts hear cases involving civil, criminal, juvenile, and magistrate matters.

Business Court

Cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law.

Small Claims Court

Cases are heard by a magistrate with no jury and litigants usually represent themselves.

Recovery Courts

Learn more about specialty courts designed to help in cases involving chemically dependent offenders.

About North Carolina Courts

An overview of the court system for North Carolina, including resources for career opportunities, publications, and more.


Find more information about commissions that study and make recommendations to improve issues in the Judicial Branch.


Court programs create pathways for resolving conflict in a less adversarial, more effective way.

Judicial Branch Publications

Judicial reports, statistics, fact sheets, and more to inform stakeholders and the public on various court-related matters.

Court Rules

Rules of practice, procedure, and conduct adopted by the Supreme Court of North Carolina.