NCAWARE is a web-based system that was designed, developed, and implemented by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC). The system maintains detailed information about criminal processes, such as warrants, magistrate orders, citations that lead to an arrest, criminal summons, orders for arrest, release orders, and appearance bonds. It also tracks information for all people and businesses involved in such processes. With NCAWARE, law enforcement can view and serve any electronic unserved process in the state without having paper in hand. Officers are also able to pre-fill arrest and warrant information prior to appearing before the magistrate, thus decreasing processing time.
All NCAWARE judicial and law enforcement users also have access to the unserved warrants in both the NCAWARE system and NCAOC's Automated Criminal / Infractions System (ACIS) through the Statewide Warrant Search, which combines information from both systems.
NCAWARE is the first point of entry into the courts databases for all arrest data, including that for DWI cases. Court case information in NCAWARE automatically populates ACIS through real-time interfaces. Demographic driver data and vehicle data is automatically pre-populated in NCAWARE via a connection with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. The NCAOC is currently working on a real-time interface between eCITATION® and NCAWARE to provide for the automatic creation of a process in situations where a traffic citation leads to an arrest - such as DWI, driving while license revoked, and driving with no operator's license.
The statewide system launched in June 2008 in Johnston County and was implemented in 98 counties in October 2010, resulting in the official retirement of the 1990s Magistrate System. NCAOC has been working jointly with the two remaining counties (Buncombe and Mecklenburg) to integrate NCAWARE with their local criminal justice systems. Mecklenburg was implemented in January 2013.