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Smith Debnam Leads the Way in Adopting Wake County eFiling

RALEIGH, NC – Wake County Clerk of Superior Court Lorrin Freeman today announced the first electronic transaction in a new automation pilot system, eFiling, that transforms the way attorneys conduct business with the Wake County Courthouse. Attorney Byron Saintsing of the Raleigh-based law firm Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing, Myers LLP made the first filing. The new web-based system is administered by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts in cooperation with the N.C. Bar Association.

For the first time in the county, attorneys may file civil superior court and foreclosure documents, and pay filing fees through this system. This saves time and money for attorneys and clerks.

“This is an important first step in moving our civil courts to more modern technology,” said Clerk Freeman, current chair of the statewide eFiling Advisory Committee. “The ability to accept court filings online will make us more efficient and, ultimately, help attorneys better serve their clients.”

Wake joins Chowan and Davidson counties in piloting the system. Only select law firms in Wake County are testing the eFiling system.

“This is a major step toward our overall vision for modernizing courthouses throughout the state,” said Judge John W. Smith, director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. “We appreciate the North Carolina Legislature for acknowledging this need and for appropriating funds for our ongoing technology modernization projects.”