Wake County Courthouse automates manual systems
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RALEIGH Wake County Clerk of Superior Court Lorrin Freeman today announced the first electronic transaction in a new automation pilot system, eFiling, that transforms the way attorneys conduct business with the Wake County Courthouse. Attorney Byron Saintsing of the Raleigh-based law firm Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing, Myers LLP made the first filing. The new web-based system is administered by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts in cooperation with the N.C. Bar Association.

For the first time in the county, attorneys may file civil superior court and foreclosure documents, and pay filing fees through this system. This saves time and money for attorneys and clerks.

"This is an important first step in moving our civil courts to more modern technology," said Clerk Freeman, current chair of the statewide eFiling Advisory Committee. "The ability to accept court filings online will make us more efficient and, ultimately, help attorneys better serve their clients."

Wake joins Chowan and Davidson counties in piloting the system. Only select law firms in Wake County are testing the eFiling system.

"This is a major step toward our overall vision for modernizing courthouses throughout the state," said Judge John W. Smith, director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. "We appreciate the North Carolina Legislature for acknowledging this need and for appropriating funds for our ongoing technology modernization projects."

Wake County gets another new automated system to better fight crime
The Wake County Courthouse also this week began using another automated system, NCAWARE, a new system that issues and tracks warrants for all wanted persons in North Carolina. This new web-based system, built by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, will better help magistrates and law enforcement officers process unserved warrants to offenders.

With NCAWARE, during a routine traffic stop, a law enforcement officer has the information needed to apprehend someone who may be wanted for other, even more serious, offenses. Further, this means that before law enforcement officers approach the offender, they can search NCAWARE to see if that person has any previous offenses or outstanding warrants for arrest around the state. This provides the officer with information to determine whether the offender is safe to approach or if other officers should be called to the scene. NCAWARE also allows real-time service of out-of-county processes.

The system launched in June 2008 starting in Johnston County, and is being rolled out county-by-county throughout the state. Wake is the eighth county to use the system. Other counties using the system are Harnett, Lee, Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson and Greene. Counties to next receive the system are Wayne, Martin, Orange, Chatham, Durham and Person. In addition to the eight counties currently using NCAWARE, all counties statewide have access to the information to apprehend wanted persons in their judicial districts.

The budget crisis has caused a slow down in implementation of all automation projects, as it requires travel and training resources that are very limited at this time; however, all counties are expected to be using NCAWARE by the end of 2010. When fully launched, NCAWARE will serve more than 35,000 of these users and will contain more than five million records.

Funds for NCAWARE came from a federal earmark, the N.C. Governor's Crime Commission and the N.C. General Assembly. Partnering agencies are the State Bureau of Investigation, local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Correction, the Division of Motor Vehicles and the State Highway Patrol.

Signup for eFiling in Wake County
Lorrin Freeman, Wake County Clerk of Superior Court, 919 792-4050.

Media Contact
Sharon Gladwell, communications director, N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, 919 890-1394, sharon.e.gladwell@nccourts.org.
Publish Date: 07/24/2009