Do judgments go away in NC?
Civil judgments expire after ten years in North Carolina.
How long can a judgment last in NC?
A judgment in North Carolina is good for maximum of 10 years, but can be “renewed” one time meaning it can last a maximum of 20 years.
Do judgments accrue interest in NC?
Civil judgment in North Carolina typically accrue interest at 8% per year meaning they essentially double every 10 years.
Grounds to file a Motion for Appropriate Relief
What charges qualify for a Motion for Appropriate Relief?
Although a Motion for Appropriate Relief can be filed after serious felony convictions this article will focus on MAR by consent which usually involves lower-level crimes such as infractions and misdemeanors. Examples of convictions where the prosecutor may consent to a MAR are:
This includes protecting a business from negligently hiring someone who has a criminal record. Shielding private companies from civil liability removes much of the stigma and risk they face by renting to or hiring someone with a record. Essentially you are more likely to get hired or more likely to obtain housing if you have a criminal record after obtaining a Certificate of Relief.
Requirements for Certificate of Relief
December 14, 2020 update
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order extending Emergency Directives 2–5, 8–15, 18, and 20–22 in response to the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. North Carolina Courts will postpone non-essential, in-person court proceedings for 30 days, beginning Monday, December 14.
May 21, 2020 update
Chief Beasley issued a new Order dated May 21, 2020. Some of the main points are as follows:
How much does it cost to file an extension of time?
There is no filing fee to file a Motion and Order to extend time to Answer a lawsuit in North Carolina. This makes it a good practice to go ahead and file an extension of time in every lawsuit, but especially for credit card lawsuits as negotiating a settlement usually takes longer than 30 days and you certainly do not want to miss a deadline to file an Answer and lose by default!