Last updated: November 12, 2013
North Carolina’s largest city is a bustling place. It is well known as an important financial center and home to Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America, Goodrich Corporation, and Chiquita Brands, International. However, Charlotte likes its recreational activities too, as attested to by the presence of the NASCAR offices and Hall of Fame. With over 750,000 people and all this activity, it is no surprise that the city hosts its fair share of legal problems. Here is a useful guide to some of the key courthouses in the Queen City to help address those legal issues.
This court includes both the superior court division (handling disputes on matters over $10,000, plus felonies and certain misdemeanors) and the 26th Judicial district court division (handling disputes over less than $10,000, plus misdemeanors, infractions, and small claims). The court is subdivided into specialty areas including: administrative criminal court (high volume administrative court that handles misdemeanors and traffic cases), child support courts, domestic violence court, drug treatment court, environmental court, and family court. If you have been summoned for jury service, you can refer here for additional information. The jury assembly area is noted to have both a quiet business center and a break room with televisions, a pool table and free popcorn. The court even has a free drop-in center for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years (for those with court business). Finally, if you are interested in representing yourself in a matter or simply getting additional information or access to commonly used forms, the self-serve center may be of interest.
This court handles only federal law matters and has locations in Asheville, Bryson City, Charlotte and Statesville. If you have been called as a juror and have questions you may call 800-859-8060 or refer to this section of the website. If you are selected as a grand juror you can expect to meet every month for a term from 1 year to 18 months. You will be compensated $40 per day plus mileage. If you are selected as a petit juror you can expect to be summoned for a 3 week period but will only be required to serve for the time the case is being tried (generally 2-3 days). You will be compensated $40 per day plus mileage. If you are considering filing an action without an attorney (proceeding “pro se”) check out this section of the court’s website for forms and information.
This court handles only bankruptcy matters and has locations in Asheville and Charlotte. If you are filing without an attorney, check out these guidelines and requirements.
This court handles only immigration matters. If you have received a hearing notice or Notice to Appear (NTA) it is recommended that, prior to your appearance, you or your representative become familiar with the Immigration Court Practice Manual.