Cumberland County court officials and officials with Army Community Service have formed a partnership to offer the eCourts Civil Domestic Violence System to provide a safer way for victims of domestic violence to get protective orders without leaving Fort Bragg.
The new system, provided by the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts, offers electronic filing for protective orders with the assistance of a domestic violence advocate.
“The ability to file electronically is the court system of the future,” Cumberland County Chief District Court Judge Robert Stiehl said. “This project will alleviate a parent at Fort Bragg from having to load the car with children, drive the 12 miles to the courthouse and back, and shuffle between multiple offices to initiate a domestic violence civil protective suit.”
Fort Bragg is the first military installation in North Carolina, and one of the first in the country, to incorporate this electronic filing process for service members, dependents, and civilian personnel.