RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – A new online system will allow you to request certain traffic violations be dismissed, without ever appearing at the courthouse.
The state recently launched the new Electronic Compliance and Dismissal (ECAD) system.
“Online dismissals and services are changing the way the public does business with our courts,” said Judge Marion Warren, director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. “This modern court technology is more efficient and convenient to process a significant portion of traffic cases online and not have to stand in line at the courthouse.”
Following Chief Justice Mark Martin’s vision for eCourts and modernizing court technology systems statewide, ECAD was designed to reduce the number of people in courthouses across the state while allowing for a convenient way to request dismissal for certain traffic violations online. The system also allows district attorneys and clerks to reduce the time needed to review and process dismissals of minor traffic cases.
“With the rollout of the Electronic Compliance and Dismissal system, members of the public have been able to avoid the inconvenience and time spent coming to the courthouse once they have come into compliance with the law,” said Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman. “Not only does this streamline the process for them, but by reducing the number of cases on the docket in court, ECAD also gives our prosecutors and the court more time to focus on other matters. ECAD is a great public service.”
ECAD also links to the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles database, which allows the system to electronically validate whether a defendant is compliant before allowing the request to be submitted. This means that no review of documents or DMV data is required on the part of the district attorney’s office and a one-click approval will electronically dismiss/dispose the case. Whether a request is approved or denied, ECAD will notify the defendant by email if they need to appear in court on the assigned date.
Prior to ECAD, citizens had to appear in court and visit the courthouse to request dismissal. In 2015, over 220,000 cases with ECAD-eligible offenses were dismissed in North Carolina. This represents a significant portion of the traffic cases handled in our state. There is no cost associated with requesting dismissal of a case online through ECAD, and the system is available 24/7.
ECAD is now available in all 100 counties statewide as of July.