Many public records are free, you can choose to get them yourself for pay for a service for them. Also, there are fees associated with records. If the courthouse charges everyone for copies of case files, then you'll have to pay since they're not free from the source. However, case files are also published online for free by some courts. There's a free court search under "North Carolina Court Records Search". You will need to search more than one site, many of them are of public agencies, including local agencies, such as arrests from the city police or county sheriffs.
Jul 19, 2016