The N.C. Judicial Department generally does not have responsibility for capital improvements. Therefore it does not have a Capital Improvement budget.
By statute, NCGS 7A-302, counties and municipalities are responsible for the physical facilities occupied by court personnel across the state. This group includes judges, clerks of court, magistrates and district attorneys.
Within the Raleigh area, the appellate courts occupy space owned by the N.C. Department of Administration (DOA). Capital improvements to these building also are handled by DOA. The Justice Building, occupied by the Supreme Court of North Carolina, was renovated during 2005 - 2007. The Ruffin Building, occupied by the State Court of Appeals, was renovated during 2008 - 2009. Neither building is likely to be scheduled for capital improvements for some years to come.
The N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts moved into its present facility, the N.C. Judicial Center, during 2007. The building was renovated by the landlord that same year. The facility was purchased in 2008 and is now owned by the N.C. Judicial Department. Further capital improvements are not likely for some years to come.