Launching statewide in all counties on August 31, eCourts Guide & File allows self-represented litigants and attorneys to prepare court documents online for free in 3 easy steps.
Guide & File will be announced to the public August 31. We are excited to offer you this special sneak preview so that you can help us spread the word about this transformative service when it launches for the public next week.
Guide & File is the first component to launch as part of the Judicial Branch’s multi-year effort with Tyler Technologies to transform North Carolina’s court system with an integrated case management system (ICMS).
Under the leadership of Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, North Carolina’s Judicial Branch continues to make great strides in improving access to justice for all North Carolinians. With free, 24/7 online access and easy-to-understand interview questions, Guide & File will eliminate barriers and simplify the legal process for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians who come to our courts each year without the assistance of an attorney.
This online document preparation not only improves access to our courts, it will also bring improved efficiency and safety for our court personnel during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Guide & File walks users through the interview process to ensure paperwork is procedurally correct, legible, and complete. This decreases the time anyone needs to spend at the clerk’s office completing forms and minimizes processing delays resulting from insufficient paperwork.
Resources and Fact Sheet
Anyone with internet access can use the service anytime, anywhere at NCcourts.gov/Services.
See the Guide & File fact sheet for details.
Users will be able to access Tyler Technologies’ How-To Video, FAQs, and Technical Support through the Guide & File site for instructions and any issues that arise. Please note that these are general materials and not specific to North Carolina.
While configuration of the new case management system continues, Guide & File is available August 31 to users in all counties statewide.