Welcome to the website for the Carteret County Clerk of Court in Beaufort, North Carolina. I am Ken Raper, your elected Clerk of Superior Court.
Hon. Ken Raper
Clerk of Superior Court of Carteret County
This site is intended to serve as an informational resource for the citizens of Carteret County and others who may need our services. However, we recommend contacting an attorney if you have questions of a legal nature, as we are prohibited from giving legal advice.

We appreciate your time in visiting us, and encourage suggestions on how we may improve our service. 

It is my privilege to represent the citizens of Carteret County.

First Visit to the Courthouse?

Here are some things to know.
  1. Check the Calendar. You may search to see to which courtroom your case has been assigned. Civil Calendars. Criminal Calendars
  2. Getting to the courthouse.  Directions and Public parking are available. 
  3. Security. Please note that weapons and items such as mace, scissors, and knives are prohibited from all courthouse premises. 
  4. Directory & Help. Once inside, look for the electronic courtroom directory posted in the first floor central lobby (in front of District Court No. 1) or in the Administration Building lobby (by the elevators). Court personnel are also available to help direct you. You may click the Division in the Menu Bar above for a description of their primary responsibilities and locations. 
  5. Court Costs. Check the court cost page for details on court costs for various matters. Acceptable payment options are cash, money order, or cashier's check payable to the "Clerk of Court". Bankcards, Credit and Debit Cards are not accepted. Never send cash in the mail. The Cashier's Office is located behind District Court Room No. 1, and is well marked by signs. 
  6. Weather Delays. During adverse weather such as hurricanes and winter conditions, the court will follow the Carteret County local government closing policy. Closings are announced on TV channels-websites for WCTI-12 and WITN-7, as well as local radio stations.   
  7. Rules for Court Attendance. The Ten Rules of Court Attendance (Diez reglas fundamentales de cuando asiste al tribunal) en Español  Please observe our Dress Code.  
  8. Legal Limits on the Clerk's Office Duties. List of things we can and cannot do for you (A sign for clients of court officials) (Lista de algunas cosas que podemos o no podemos hacer por usted (Un señal para los clientes de los oficiales tribunales)) en Español
Serving the Carteret County towns and communities of Atlantic NC, Atlantic Beach NC, Beaufort NC, Bogue NC, Bettie NC, Broad Creek NC, Cape Carteret NC, Cedar Island NC, Cedar Point NC, Davis NC, Emerald Isle NC, Gales Creek NC, Gloucester NC, Harkers Island NC, Harlowe NC, Indian Beach NC, Lola NC, Marshallberg NC, Merrimon NC, Mill Creek NC, Morehead City NC, Newport NC, North River NC, Ocean NC, Otway NC, Peletier NC, Pine Knoll Shores NC, Salter Path, NC, Sea Gate NC, Sea Level NC, Smyrna NC, South River NC, Stacy NC, Stella NC, Straits NC, Swansboro NC, Wildwood NC, Williston NC, Wiregrass NC.