How to File a Civil Suit - A Roadmap to Trial in NC Civil Court
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Civil Litigation Process
The complexity of civil litigation in North Carolina can be overwhelming. While your attorney will be well-versed in this area, it’s still important to understand the basic process in a civil litigation case and the steps to take, from filing the suit to meeting in court. Take a closer look at the NC civil court process and outlines a typical civil lawsuit at the Superior Court level.
Levels of Civil Court
In North Carolina, there are three levels of trial court that handle civil litigation: Small Claims/Magistrate Court, District Court, and Superior Court. What warrants a case to be filed on the Superior Court level?
A key factor in determining which level of court to litigate a case depends on the dollar amount being disputed.
- Small Claims/Magistrate Court is the lowest level, handling disputes involving up to $10,000.
- District Court is the next level, which handles disputes up to $25,000.
- Superior Court is the upper level trial court, and handles disputes over $25,000.
The Path to Superior Court
Civil litigation isn’t always black and white, but the general steps that occur along the path to a trial in Superior Court are:
Civil litigation rules are complex, and the consequences are serious. An experienced, knowledgeable lawyer is absolutely vital when facing the prospect of litigation in Superior Court.
Civil law attorney Hank Doyle has represented Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Wake Forest , and Rolesville clients in Superior Court civil litigation cases for 20 years.