If you were planning on electronically filing a document  in a North Carolina appellate court this week, you need to come up with a new plan.  North Carolina’s appellate efiling system posted this notice on Wednesday.  

The N.C. Appellate Courts’ Electronic Filing site is down for maintenance. The site should return to normal operation on January 3rd, 2012.

 The Electronic Filing site is being redesigned in order to better serve our users. Please be aware that you will have to re-register when the new site comes up.

Important Note: If you have documents due between now and January 3rd, you may still file your document either by 1st class mail or hand delivery. Please note that the record on appeal, briefs, motions, and responses to petition are deemed filed when placed in 1st class mail. (Rule 26(a)(1))

N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals  

Remember: Notices of appeal and petition for discretionary review cannot be mailed to the Court on the day that they are due.  These documents are only deemed “filed” on the day that they are received by the Court. Therefore, if you have one of these documents due before January 3rd, start planning your trip to Raleigh.