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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Gaston County District Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Gaston County, North Carolina, and resources applicable to all courts in North Carolina.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
North Carolina Superior and District Court Calendars
Links to specific calendar types and instructions are in the left column of the North Carolina Court Calendars web page. Use Civil Calendars and Criminal Calendars links to view calendars by county, court type, date, and courtroom. Use District and Superior Court Query link to search calendars for all cases by county, court type, and defendant name. Use Impaired Driving Query, Citation Query by Citation Number, or Citation Query by Defendant Name links to search calendars for traffic cases. Use Statewide Officer Court Appearance Query link to search for appearance dates by county, agency, officer name, or officer number. Use Superior Court Master Calendar link to view general Superior Court schedules by court division.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search North Carolina Attorney General legal opinions from 1977 by statute, topic, date, requestor, or keyword.
Forms and related information
North Carolina Court Forms
View and download North Carolina Court forms by form number, form title, case type and form type. Court forms include administrative, civil, criminal, probate, juvenile, small claims, fee waiver and special proceedings.
North Carolina Local Court Forms
View and download local court forms by county, form number, and description.
Online fine payments
Pay North Carolina Trafffic Tickets
Pay traffic ticket fines online by citation number. A processing fee applies. Answers to frequently asked questions and searching of citations by defendant name are available.
Self help, legal research, general information
Magistrates are officers of District Courts with limited civil and criminal jurisdiction. Case jurisdiction includes minor criminal offenses, some domestic violence procedures, traffic infractions, and small claims actions.
Small Claims Information
View information about small claims cases in District Court, and link to a small claims court guide published by Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Traffic Violation Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about traffic violations in North Carolina, including tickets, avoiding court, points and insurance, deferral and reduction programs, and more.
Child Custody Mediation
View information about child custody and visitation mediation, which can help parties resolve custody and visitation issues without going to court.
Child Custody Visitation
View information about the Access and Visitation Program, which helps non-custodial parents with visitation issues.
Court Process Information
The North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys provides legal information for the public, including an overview of court procedures, answers to frequently asked questions about the legal system, a glossary of terms, information about victims' rights and compensation, and links to local District Attorneys by location and name.
View information about arbitration, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to court. Court-ordered arbitration is mandatory for some civil actions. Links in the left column include forms, answers to frequently asked questions, and a list of counties in which arbitration is available.
Divorce and Child Support Information
View answers to frequently asked questions about North Carolina divorce and child support proceedings.
Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Sexual Assault Victim Resources
The North Carolina Council for Women offers information, advocacy, and resources for victims of domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault. Links to local programs are included.
Drug Treatment Courts
View information about North Carolina Drug Treatment Courts, which can set up treatment programs in lieu of jail for some offenders. Links to adult, youth, family, and mental health courts are in the left column and include lists of counties with existing programs.
View answers to frequently asked questions about guardianships for individuals who are unable to provide for their personal needs or manage their financial resources.
View answers to frequently asked questions about lawsuits in North Carolina, including where to file, monetary limits for each court, attorneys, self-representation, and court procedure.
Vehicle Seizure Information
Vehicles may be seized in North Carolina for failure to license and insure, or for driving while impaired. View answers to frequently asked questions about vehicle seizure, forfeiture, and recovery.
View answers to frequently asked questions about mediation and arbitration, divorce, child support, and custody mediation, drug treatment court, guardianship, worthless check program, traffic violations and vehicle seizures, wills and estates, and civil and criminal court procedures.
Court Procedure Information
View information about going to court in North Carolina, including costs, calendars, contacts and locations, criminal and civil court processes, essential forms, and answers to frequently asked questions.
View General Rules of Practice for Superior and District Courts, Local Rules for Superior and District Courts by county, and the Judicial Code of Conduct.
Criminal Background Checks
View information on how to obtain a single criminal background check or run ongoing background checks for business or agency purposes.
Definitions of Common Legal Terms
View a glossary of commonly used legal terms, organized alphabetically.
Dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, helps parties resolve disputes without going to court. Links in the left column include locating and certifying mediators, settlement conference programs, and additional community dispute resolution services and resources.
The North Carolina Advocates for Justice offers information and assistance to the public, including educational brochures, referrals to attorneys and advocates by legal topic, and links to additional online government and legal resources.
Legal Services for Low-Income Residents
Legal assistance by topic, location, and language is available for low-income North Carolina residents. Information is offered on a variety of legal issues, as well as forms, videos, and guided self-help assistance.
North Carolina General Statutes
Search North Carolina laws by chapter and keyword, look up an individual section number, or browse the table of contents.
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles offers information related to traffic and motor vehicle laws, driver licenses, identification cards, and requests for traffic records.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Child Support Enforcement
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services offers child support enforcement services, including online access to personal case information and payments. General information is available for the parents, employers, and attorneys.
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
View information about Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income persons in Mecklenburg County and west-central North Carolina. Services include family support, health care, immigration, consumer protection, employment, elder law, and taxes.
Worthless Check Program
View information about the Worthless Check Program, which allows a bad check writer to avoid prosecution by participating in the program and paying off an unfunded check and any fees. Information includes eligibility, counties in which the program is available, links to local programs, procedures, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Attorney Complaint Information
The North Carolina State Bar offers information about its Attorney-Client Assistance Program and Fee Dispute Resolution Program, and the procedure for filing a formal grievance against an attorney. Links to the fee dispute petition and grievance form are provided.
Attorney Discipline Information
View North Carolina State Bar information about disciplinary procedures against attorneys, search past disciplinary actions, view a list of recent disciplinary actions, search past disciplinary and disability orders, search temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against attorneys, and view annual reports from the State Bar Office of Counsel and the State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission.
Complaints About Judges
View information about the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission, procedures for filing a complaint against a judge, and links to records of disciplinary actions against judges.
The North Carolina Department of Justice provides information about consumer protection from various types of fraud solicitation, including charities, disasters, credit, health, internet, investment, and telemarketing. Links to online complaint forms are included.
Find a North Carolina Public Defender
The North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services offers legal information and links to Defender services, including State Defender offices and Juvenile Defenders. Online forms and applications for services are also available.
Find Free Legal Assistance
View information about Legal Aid of North Carolina, which provides free civil legal services to low-income clients. Apply by phone or online, find a local office, and view information about free legal clinics.
Find Legal Assistance
Search a directory of organizations providing free and low-cost legal assistance to low-income residents by location and legal issue, or view the complete directory in alphabetical order or by service area.
Information About Lawyers
The North Carolina State Bar offers information about finding and working with lawyers, client rights and responsibilities, filing complaints against lawyers, resolving fee disputes, and lawyer misconduct. A directory of all member lawyers and a directory of certified legal specialists are also provided.
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
The North Carolina Advocates for Justice offers community-based resources, including free legal help, educational workshops and forums, and a searchable directory of its members by name, location, and specialty.
North Carolina Lawyer Referral
The North Carolina Bar Association offers lawyer referrals by telephone or online search form. The referral is free; an initial consultation with a lawyer is available for a nominal fee.
The North Carolina Department of Justice offers information about programs to assist victims of elder abuse, identity theft, consumer scams, domestic violence, and other crimes. Tips for avoidance, procedures for reporting, information about compensation for crime victims, and a link to Crime Victims Compensation Services are included.