Administrative Office of the Courts
Article IV, Section 15, of the North Carolina Constitution makes legal provision for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) to provide centralized administration and budgeting services for the state’s courts. This provision came in 1965 after the General Assembly adopted the recommendation made by the Bell Commission to unify the state’s court system.
NCAOC’s centralized operations for courts include four primary sections
- Administrative services
- Field services
- Program services
- Technology services
The NCAOC’s approach to centralized operations is to apply its professional expertise consistently in the best interests of the court system as a whole. This is accomplished by seeking understanding and supporting the needs and demands of the more than 500 independently elected court officials as well as staff and by taking into account their diversity, caseloads, and available resources to provide the best problem-solving services and tools needed to ensure timely and proper disposition of caseloads.