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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is a juror selected?
A. Names for jury duty are collected through Voter Registration and Driver’s License. Jurors are chosen through random computer selection.

Q. How do I obtain a Criminal Background Check?
A. To obtain a Criminal Background Check, you must personally appear in the Clerk of Court’s office and provide a picture ID. A Fee of $25.00 will be charged.

Q. What is “probate?”
A. Probate is the legal process of wrapping up a person’s affairs, such as paying their bills and distributing their assets.

Q. How do I get custody of my minor child?
A. Matters of legal custody are handled through Legal Services 800-682-0010 or an attorney.

Q. How do I obtain a Domestic Violence Protective Order?
A. The paperwork necessary for a Domestic Violence Order can be obtained at the Clerk of Court’s office or after business hours, at the Magistrate’s office.

Q. How do I get my criminal record expunged?
A. North Carolina law governs expungements. To have a criminal record expunged, or deleted, you will need the assistance of an attorney.

Q. What records are not open to the public?
A. Records concerning adoptions, juveniles, involuntary commitments, and incompetency hearings are not open to the general public.