Q: How do I find court records for a case in North Carolina?
Do you have a case number? You can call the clerk of court in the county where the case was heard and request the records. There may be a cost to have the records mailed to you or the clerk may fax records for free within a few days of the request.
You can also go to the county court house and search the records index by party name to locate the case number. Once you have the case number, you can request the physical case file in the records room at the appropriate county court house.
Different counties have different record retention policies. For example, Wake county, one of the most populous, destroys records earlier than less populated counties. This process may differ for criminal cases, but calling the clerk of court is probably your best first step.
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