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What Do I Need to Know for eCourts?
Counties Live with Odyssey
eCourts is Live in Harnett, Johnston, Lee, and Wake Counties
- eFiling is required for attorneys filing in eCourts counties.
- eCourts Services
- Odyssey Scheduled Maintenance (Intermittent Availability): Saturday, April 1, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- FAQs for Attorneys - eFiling, Portal, Condemnation, Court Procedures, eDiscovery, and Reports and Information Sharing.
What is eCourts?
eCourts is a package of new software applications and technology infrastructure improvements that will transition our court system from paper to digital. The major components include the following:
Although many of these components have already been successfully implemented statewide, most users will primarily engage with eFiling, Portal, and Odyssey, which will be phased in over a two-year period after go-live which is set for first quarter 2023.
eFiling, also known as File & Serve, enables you to file documents electronically through a single, secure, centralized online location. It also allows you to:
Go to eFiling (File & Serve).
Who will be required to use eFiling / File & Serve?
Attorneys and individuals in the four pilot counties (Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Wake) as well as those in other counties wishing to file cases in the four pilot counties are required to do so via File & Serve. As additional counties launch Odyssey ICMS, attorneys and individuals wishing to file cases in those counties will be required to do so via File & Serve as well. View the Odyssey ICMS rollout schedule.
How do I register for eFiling / File & Serve?
Attorneys and individuals must register for an account to access File & Serve.
eFiling Training Materials and Reference Guides
Portal allows the general public and registered users to access court information including:
Go to Portal.
When will Portal become available for use?
Portal access will mirror Odyssey ICMS go-live dates. Find more information regarding the Odyssey ICMS statewide rollout schedule.
Who can use Portal?
Anyone wishing to access court information online can use Portal, including the public.
Portal Basic Search Tips
How do I register for Portal?
Please see more information about Portal and how to register. Registration for Portal is not required for anonymous users to search and view publicly available court information. The public may register if they plan to visit often and would like the ability to save cases to the ‘My Cases’ tab. See more details below for registration and Elevated Access. Only those users who have a verified business need and authority granted by statute will be approved for elevated access to access restricted case types or non-public information.
Reference the Portal Elevated Access FAQs for links to access File & Serve or the AOC-A-264 Portal Elevated Access Request/Agreement (Counsel).
Portal Training Materials and Reference Guides
Upgrading from 40+ Applications to an Integrated Case Management System
FROM in-house, NCAOC-built, multiple case management / index systems housed on mainframes.
TO vendor-provided and hosted integrated case management system hosted in the cloud with eFiling for all case types.
There are currently 4 counties live with Odyssey -- Harnett, Johnston, Lee, and Wake.
|Track||Counties||Target Go-Live Date|
|Track 1 - Pilot||Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Wake||February 13, 2023|
|Track 2||Mecklenburg||Up Next in 2023|
- N.C. Courts County Codes - Find county codes / numbers for court applications and Odyssey.
- Supreme Court Adopts Electronic-Filing Rules for the Implementation of eCourts
- General Rules of Practice for the Superior and District Courts
- Note: It is important to be aware that users will no longer be able to use legacy systems (for example, ACIS, VCAP, CCIS-CC, CCIS-DA, CCIS-PD, JWISE, CASEWISE) for inquiry into eCourts counties once they go live on Odyssey. You will instead use Odyssey for inquiry (i.e., lookup) of cases in counties that have switched to Odyssey.
Pilot Counties -- Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Wake
Find recent eCourts materials for pilot counties below or view the county's pages linked above:
Odyssey is scheduled to roll out in tracks over a two to three year period. Track 1 consists of the pilot counties: Harnett, Johnston, Lee, and Wake. Pilot go-live was February 13, 2023. Track 2, Mecklenburg, is up next in 2023. Additional tracks are expected to come online thereafter until all 100 counties are live.
Projected Rollout Schedule
|Product||Rollout Location||Projected Go-Live Date|
Odyssey Integrated Case
(In each track, all components
|Track 1 - Pilot Counties
Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Wake
|February 13, 2023|
|Up Next in 2023|
Additional tracks are expected to come online
thereafter until all 100 counties are live.
|2023 - 2024|
There are several features of the rollout plan:
- Counties will have appropriate technology equipment installed before their go-live date.
- All counties in a district rollout at the same time.
- Avoiding coastal areas during peak hurricane season. Avoiding mountains during winter.
- Providing ranges for go-live dates while retaining some scheduling flexibility.
- Counties will receive their target go-live date and will begin preparations before their track rollout.
|eCourts Initiative||Primary Audience||Target Go-Live Date|
|Guide & File||Self-represented litigants, public, and attorneys||Launched August 31, 2020|
|eCourtNet||Courtrooms, employees, public, attorneys||Launched Q4 2020 - 2021|
|Brazos (Tyler eCitation Solution)||Pilot Law Enforcement Agencies (5)||Launched December 7 – 9, 2020|
|Statewide – remaining eCitation law enforcement agencies||Launched January 18 – April 30, 2021
(Agencies were sequenced and scheduled for rollout)
|eWarrants / NCAWARE Replacement
(Tyler eWarrants / Odyssey for Magistrates)
|Statewide (Magistrates, Clerks, Law Enforcement)||Launched July 22, 2022|
|Odyssey (ICMS) Pilot||Harnett, Johnston, Lee, and Wake Counties||Launched February 13, 2023|