Many Brunswick County public records are available online, including:
Some records are not available online, including:
Escheat Reports (Brunswick County cannot escheat and does not generate escheat reports. In North Carolina, only the State can escheat, and only on funds that have been held in excess of five years, unless ordered differently by the Courts or an agency with seizure authority.)
Brunswick County Court is separate from Brunswick County Government, though the Courthouse is located at the county government complex.
Some records are not available through Brunswick County, including:
Courthouse Records including criminal conviction records, divorce records, and estate proceedings (these are held by the Clerk of Court’s Office, which is separate from County government but can be reached at 910-253-3900)
To access Court records and files – including divorce records, criminal background checks, and wills and estate filings:
Call the Clerk of Court’s Office at 910-253-3900, or visit the Courthouse
310 Government Center Drive NE, Bolivia, NC
Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Brunswick County is part of District Court and Prosecutorial Districts 13, and Superior Court District 13B.
Additional Courthouse Contacts
Those who are unable to conduct business with the Courthouse over the phone are encouraged to use services available through their website (nccourts.gov/locations/brunswick-county) and contact the Courthouse using the following departmental emails:
Civil Court (CV)
Civil Cases: What most people think of when they hear the word “lawsuit.” In civil court, one party files a lawsuit against another, asking for money or for a court order against the other party. Civil cases include topics such as:
Click here to view forms related to civil cases.
Criminal Court (CR)
Criminal Court: The government (usually referred to as “the State”) prosecutes a person for breaking the law, with the possibility of punishment like jail time or a fine. Crimes include felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions (many of the most commonly-charged traffic offenses are infractions).
Visit nccourts.gov/help-topics/criminal-law to learn more about criminal law, and the complete criminal court process.
Click here to view forms related to criminal cases.
Estate Proceedings (E)
Estates: The legal management and distribution of a person’s property and assets, usually after they have died, but this type of case also applies to some living persons who need someone else to manage their affairs for them, like an adult or minor who needs a legal guardian.
Visit nccourts.gov/help-topics/wills-and-estates/estates to learn more about estates, how to file an estate, and the administrative process.
Click here to view estate-related forms.
Special Proceedings (SP)
Special Proceedings: A special category of cases that the General Assembly has decided aren’t regular “civil” cases. Common special proceedings involve certain family or financial relationships between the parties, like adoptions and incompetency hearings for adults who might need guardians. Other special proceedings decide the disposition or ownership of land (“real property”), like foreclosures, “partitions” (a process to divide a single piece of property between its multiple owners), and some boundary disputes.
Click here to view more types of special proceedings and their associated forms.
Jury Service: Jury service is the solemn obligation of all qualified citizens. Jurors are obligated to the court for the entire week’s session of court, until excused by the presiding judge.
Jurors play a critical role in our country’s judicial system. We understand that serving on a jury can be a great inconvenience and sacrifice. Please know that we appreciate your service.
Visit nccourts.gov/locations/brunswick-county/brunswick-county-jury-service to learn more about jury service in this county.