Statesville NC – Citizens may now request online reductions of speeding offenses in every county with the statewide launch of the N.C. courts’ newest online service. The efficient, user-friendly service provides 24/7 convenience for motorists who receive a speeding ticket and meet eligibility criteria to potentially reduce and process their citation without ever having to appear at the courthouse.
“Online reductions of speeding tickets are more efficient and convenient to process the most commonly cited traffic offenses,” said Judge Marion Warren, director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. “Court technology and online services are modernizing the way the public does business with our courts.”
Following Chief Justice Mark Martin’s vision for establishing eCourts and a modern court system, the online services portal bolsters the Judicial Branch’s commitment to providing broader and more convenient access to justice. The new request for reduction service is part of a multi-phase initiative to provide the public a convenient, user-friendly means of resolving most waivable offenses online, and enable the courts to efficiently process citations outside of the courtroom. For clerks and district attorneys, it means less paperwork, less data entry, and shorter lines in traffic court and courthouses across the state.
Iredell County Clerk of Superior Court Jim Mixson says that for citizens, it means timely resolutions of court matters without the hassle of standing in line at the courthouse. “In many cases, citizens can make the request from home and will not have to take off work to come to the courthouse” says Mixson.
“Of course drivers should always obey posted speed limits, but when charged, I am excited to offer this new, convenient, online service that will allow motorists to quickly request a reduction in speed while also offering a fast and easy way to pay costs and fines without coming to court,” said Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams. “This resource should increase the timely resolution of traffic matters and provide a model for new online services to come.”
Citizens may make requests for reduction of speeding citations (at least seven business days prior to the court date) or check the status of pending requests anytime from any location with internet access. New language has been added to traffic citations to raise public awareness that citizens may be able to handle their ticket and avoid a trip to court through onlineservices.NCcourts.org.
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