Court Date Notifications and Reminders for Criminal Cases via Text and Email Launching October 15

Next week, the N.C. Judicial Branch will launch a new court date notification service allowing anyone to quickly and easily subscribe to up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders via email or SMS / text messages. Subscribers will be immediately notified of court date, room, or session changes, as well as upcoming court date reminders seven days and one day in advance of the court date.

The court date notifications system is the latest addition to the suite of online services offered as part of eCourts, the larger initiative to modernize the North Carolina court system.

Further information will be shared next week on the Judicial Branch web and social media sites, and the AOC will send a news release statewide.

Anyone can subscribe to court notifications for criminal cases at www.NCcourts.gov/services. To subscribe, a user must provide the following requirements:

  • A valid North Carolina criminal court case number
  • The county in which the case was recorded
  • Valid contact information (email address or cell phone number)
  • Agree to the terms of use

Subscribing to notifications for more than one case is allowed, however, it must be done individually for each case. When subscribing to notifications, the potential subscriber will receive an initial opt-in message. For both email and SMS / text messages, the user must opt in to confirm.

Once opted in for a court case, subscribers will receive a message anytime the criminal court date, room, or session changes. Subscribers also will receive reminder messages seven and one calendar day(s) prior to the scheduled court date. Once subscribers have opted in for notifications on a court case, they will remain opted in until they opt out. If a case is closed / disposed and they have not manually opted out, they will remain subscribed to that case, such that if it is reopened in the future and the court date / time / session is changed, they will resume getting notifications.

Court notifications are convenience notifications only and not legal notices. Subscribers are responsible for appearing in court on the scheduled date if they are required to do so, regardless of whether they have received any email or text notifications. Notifications for a given case are dependent on the local processes and any data entered in the county courthouse for that case.