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eFiling Fact Sheet
 
  • The Board of Governors of the N.C. Bar Association passed a resolution (April 16, 2004) to evaluate the use of electronic filing within the civil courts in North Carolina.

  • Joint working committee comprising the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts and the N.C. BAR formed to study feasibility of electronic filing.

  • Legislature provided funding for fiscal year 2006-2007.

  • The Supreme Court of North Carolina approved the supplemental rules of practice and procedure for the eFiling pilot project on May 26, 2009.

  • Attorneys will be able to view opposing counsel’s electronic submissions within minutes instead of waiting to receive mailed copies.

  • Law firms should save money due to reductions in postage and staff time devoted to trips to courthouses and telephone inquiries.

  • This release allows the filer to file case data and pay any associated filing fees online from the convenience of the office, using credit card or electronic checking nearly 24 hours a day.

  • A clerk will review all electronic filings and will have the capability to approve or return filings to the filer electronically.

  • The system sends courtesy copies and notices to opposing counsel when new documents are added.
Feature Benefit
File data and documents online Submit data and documents outside of normal court hours and decrease the amount of travel to the courthouse for filing
Serve and receive documents online Decrease filer expenses associated with delivering documents (e.g., courier service, mail).
Pay filing fees online Reduce the number of documents returned for lack of, or insufficient, filing fees.
Process data and documents online Allow clerks to review and process data and documents in less time than conventional paper filing. Improved data quality and accuracy. Increased volumes of filings without hiring additional clerks.
Access electronic documents Reduce the costs associated with storing paper documents. Spend less time trying to locate lost or misplaced documents (clerks)Simultaneous access to documents (clerks, judges, attorneys, public)
Track filing status online Reduce the amount of calls to the clerk’s office regarding the status of a filing.
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