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Online Court Resources
Resources for the McDowell County District Court as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in McDowell County, North Carolina, and resources applicable to all courts in North Carolina.
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Criminal Arraignment Information
Search North Carolina Superior and District Court past and future criminal court appearance dates by citation number or defendant name, county, and court type. Search results include arraigned offenses.
Criminal Background Checks
View instructions for obtaining a criminal background check by an individual or business. Links to a search request form, an online fingerprint-based search, companies that provide paid searches, and a business access program are provided. Fees apply.
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Court Dates and Calendars
Search North Carolina Superior and District Court criminal appearance dates by citation number or defendant name, court type, and county; search results include arraigned offenses. View civil or criminal court calendars by county, date, and hearing type. Search civil calendars by attorney bar number. Search impaired driving court dates by county, defendant zip code, and defendant name. Search officer appearance dates by county, agency, officer name, and officer number. The superior court master calendar, court holiday schedule, court closings, and information about missed court dates are also provided.
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Attorney General Legal Opinions
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Local Court Forms
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Statewide Court Forms
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Pay North Carolina Citations
Pay North Carolina citations online by citation number or defendant name. A fee applies.
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Child Custody Mediation
View information about child custody 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.
Child Support Information
View information about North Carolina child support matters, including options for arranging support, how to file, court procedure, how support is calculated, enforcement and modification of orders, and children age 18 and over.
Family Court Information
View information about North Carolina Family Courts, which are specialized programs in District Court that handle related family matters such as divorce, child custody and visitation, juvenile delinquency, dependency, abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and domestic violence. Information about parent education and links to existing Family Courts are provided.
View information about landlord-tenant and foreclosure matters in North Carolina.
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 North Carolina District Courts, including types of cases, magistrates, and appeals.
Traffic Violation Information
View information about traffic violations in North Carolina, including how to handle a citation, waivable offenses, online payment, reduction or dismissal of citations, correctable offenses, points and insurance, driving records, traffic court procedure, missed court dates, continuances, appeals, license revocation and restoration, and limited driving privileges.
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 North Carolina criminal procedure, including types of courts and offenses, bond and bail, court-appointed attorneys, court dates, continuances, deferred prosecution, pleas, convictions, sentences, and appeals.
Domestic Violence and Protection Orders
View information about rights of domestic violence victims, address confidentiality, and victims' compensation. View information about Domestic Violence Protection Orders, including how to obtain an order; domestic violence court procedure; legal assistance; and enforcement, renewal, and modification of orders.
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.
View about adult and minor guardianship in North Carolina, including the role and responsibilities of the guardian, alternatives to guardianship, terminology, emergency protection, filing a petition for incompetence, court hearings, restoration to competency, and modification of guardianships.
Local Court Rules
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Search rosters of mediators and view a guide to selecting a mediator.
View information about the North Carolina court system, including types of courts, types of cases, court officials, alternatives to court, and appeals.
Court Procedure Information
View information about going to court in North Carolina, including court dates and calendars, court personnel and procedure, witnesses, self-representation, records, and appeals.
View North Carolina Rules of Practice for Superior and District Courts, Rules for Court-Ordered Arbitration, and Code of Judicial Conduct.
View information about mediation and arbitration in North Carolina, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Information about various types of mediation programs and court-ordered arbitration is provided.
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View information about legal topics, including family, juvenile, housing, finance, benefits, veterans and military, employment, criminal law, health and disability, disaster assistance, business, education, farmworkers, immigration, individual rights, wills and life planning, and the legal system. Links to forms and answers to frequently asked questions are provided.
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.
North Carolina General Statutes
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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.
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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.
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 links to Defender offices and departments.
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.
How to Find a Lawyer
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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.