Navigating the Judicial System

Johnnie Pratt

Navigating the Judicial System

The courts exist to help residents of Forsyth County resolve legal disputes that they cannot settle themselves. Navigating the Judicial System in Forsyth County can be difficult for many people. This article will explain how to navigate the courts in Forsyth County.

Balfour Beatty, in joint venture with Samet Corporation, is providing construction manager at risk services to deliver a newly modernized courthouse. The building is strategically designed to improve security allowing for security checkpoints and card access to safeguard the public and judicial staff.

Court Calendars

If you have a court hearing, it’s important to know what date your case is scheduled. This information is available on our online calendars. The online calendars are updated hourly throughout the day. Printed calendars are also posted outside each courtroom and in public lobbies.

You can search North Carolina Superior and District Court past and future criminal court appearance dates by citation number or defendant name, county and court type; search results include arraigned offenses. In addition, you can search for specific forms by number and title. You can also pay City of Winston-Salem parking tickets online by citation number or license plate.

The Forsyth Technical Community College Board of Trustees provides education pathways to prepare individuals for careers in today’s global economy and tomorrow’s workforce. The Senior Citizens Council advises the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners on issues involving seniors, including service delivery, resources, priorities and long-range planning.

Court Locations

In North Carolina, each county has at least one Superior Court location. In addition, some counties have multiple probate courts. The County Clerk of Courts oversees each of these locations. They are available to help with forms needed for court, locating information about court dates and more.

District Courts handle civil cases such as divorce, custody and child support along with criminal cases including misdemeanors and infractions. In general, these cases do not have a jury trial. Magistrates also hear juvenile cases and handle worthless check cases.

The County Public Defender’s office is currently dealing with a backlog of cases from the pandemic. According to Paul James, the chief public defender for Forsyth County, there are thousands of cases awaiting trial, both in District and Superior Court. He said that they are trying to catch up on all the cases that came in before 2020 and also schedule new cases. He expects the backlog to last a few years.

Court Rules

While the Clerk’s Office is happy to assist you with any of your questions, we are unable to provide legal advice. We can, however, direct you to the right resource for assistance with your specific situation.

In January 1989, respondent The Nationalist Movement applied for a permit to conduct a rally and speech on the courthouse steps in Cumming, Georgia. The county administrator charged a fee of up to $1,000 per day for such activities and could adjust the fee to reflect the estimated cost of maintaining public order during the event.

During oral argument, the county administrator stated that he once assessed a fee of $25 to organizers of a bike race, but did not explain why processing a bicycle-race permit demanded less administrative time than processing a parade permit. In light of these ambiguities, we conclude that the ordinance permits censorship through uncontrolled discretion and lacks procedural safeguards. For these reasons, we reaffirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals.

Court Procedures

The Office of Court Administration is the administrative arm of the Supreme Court and is constitutionally designated as the Chief Justice’s “administrative head of the judicial system.” It collects and analyzes caseload data, makes recommendations to the Supreme Court for terms of court and assignment of judges, administers judicial education programs, and provides administrative support.

District courts hear civil cases such as divorce, custody and child support matters, along with misdemeanors and infractions. They also hear juvenile cases where children are accused of being delinquent, dependent, neglected or abused.

The Sheriff’s Office is working to create policy and train staff to identify calls that could potentially involve a person in mental health crisis and dispatch a CIT trained officer. It would also help to develop a process map to connect identified individuals with a variety of treatment types. It’s important to ensure adherence to treatment plans and to decrease repeat contact with law enforcement or jail stays.

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