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Overview of the North Carolina Court System

With its four tiers of courts, the North Carolina court system is similar to many across the country. At the bottom tier are the municipal courts and the district courts, which both handle similar issues such as traffic infractions, small civil cases, preliminary criminal hearings and domestic relations. They also handle juvenile cases and mental health concerns.

The second tier of courts is made up of the superior courts, which are courts of original jurisdiction for large civil cases, felonies and serious misdemeanors. These courts also oversee probate and estate matters as well as appeals from the district and municipal courts.

Above the superior courts is the Court of Appeals, which handles initial appeals from the superior courts. The top tier is the Supreme Court, which is the final court of last resort in the state. It takes care of judiciary discipline, bar admissions and other administrative matters as well.

North Carolina Attorneys and Lawyers

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