Business Court

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

The North Carolina Business Court is a specialized forum of the superior court division. Cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law in our state are assigned by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina to a special superior court judge for complex business cases who oversees resolution of all matters in the case through trial.

Established in 1996, the Business Court has locations in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem.

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News

To Counsel and Any Unrepresented Party Who Has Established a User Account in Pending Business Court Actions:

On 13 October 2020, the Supreme Court of North Carolina issued an Order amending Business Court Rule (“BCR”) 3, effective 13 October 2020. The amendment effects a substantive change to BCR 3.9 and is intended to conform BCR 3.9 with recent changes to Rules 3 and 5 of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. Of particular note, the amendment to BCR 3.9 eliminates the provision providing that electronic service through the Business Court’s electronic filing system or by email is treated the same as service by mail for purposes of Rule 6(e) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure.

Accordingly, all counsel and any unrepresented party who has established a user account in cases currently pending in the North Carolina Business Court shall take notice that, effective 13 October 2020, the “three additional days for mailing” provision of Rule 6(e) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure is no longer in effect for any case now pending in the Business Court or that shall be designated thereafter.

The amendment shall apply to all response deadlines that commence on or after 13 October 2020 but not to those that commenced prior to that date.

The amendment shall have no effect on any deadline set in a scheduling or case management order in a pending Business Court case.

Service by means other than electronic service is required if the party served is a pro se party who has not established a user account.

SO ORDERED, this the 14th day of October, 2020.

Louis A. Bledsoe, III
Chief Business Court Judge

Available at this link, please see the administrative order entered by Chief Business Court Judge Louis A. Bledsoe, III on October 14, 2020.

Supreme Court Amends Rule 3 of the North Carolina Business Court Rules - October 13, 2020

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Attorney Access - Business Court eFiling

This service allows you to electronically file to an existing case, request an e-filing account, or recover your username or password for an existing account.

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A guide to using the eFiling system for users submitting a filing electronically.

Filer's Quick Reference

Concise reference guide for the eFiling process, including answers to frequently-asked questions.

Contact

For general inquiries please direct your attention to:

Thomas W. Estes, Business Court Coordinator
(704) 686-0144
Thomas.W.Estes@ncbusinesscourt.net

The Business Court has four locations. Find contact info for each. 

For case-specific inquiries, please contact the chambers of the assigned judge. Case assignments may be found on the Court’s public docket.

For eFiling technical and after-hours support, please contact the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) Help Desk at (919) 890-2407. Please request that your ticket be directed to Steve Kulig’s eFiling development team.