North Carolina

North Carolina

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Listed below are some things that those who conduct employee background checks in the state of North Carolina should know.

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The state of North Carolina has 100 counties.

State Court Structure

  • Trial Courts: Criminal cases involving misdemeanors and infractions are tried in District Courts. The Superior Court is North Carolina’s general jurisdiction trial court. It has jurisdiction over all felony cases, cases involving over $10,000, and appeals of misdemeanor and infraction cases from the North Carolina District Courts.
  • Appellate Courts: The Court of Appeals is North Carolina’s intermediate appellate court which reviews the proceedings that occurred in the trial courts for errors of law or legal procedure.
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina: The Supreme Court of North Carolina is the state’s highest court, and it only considers error in legal procedures or in judicial interpretation of the law.

Federal Court Structure

Trial Courts:

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Appellate Court:

  • Federal cases in North Carolina are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Ban the Box

  • North Carolina does not have a statewide ban the box law.
  • City and County Ban the Box: Carrboro, Charlotte, Durham City, Spring Lake and Cumberland and Durham counties.

Credit Reports

North Carolina does not have a law that restricts the use of credit reports in the hiring process.

Other Limitations on Screening for Employers

Employers are prohibited in any application or interview from asking an applicant to disclose a record that has been expunged. Applicants are not required to disclose expunged records if asked.

Medical Marijuana

North Carolina does not have a medical marijuana law.

Social Media

The state of North Carolina does not restrict or limit private employers from accessing and requesting employee/candidate log in information for personal social media accounts.

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.