In order to file a lawsuit in North Carolina, certain documents must be filed with the Clerk of Superior Court in any county across the state. These documents include a complaint and a summons. The complaint includes the details about why the plaintiff is filing a lawsuit against the defendent. The summons instructs the other party, the defendant, regarding their court appearance. The defendant has 30 days to respond to the complaint. In the video above, Raleigh personal injury trial lawyer Brent Adams describes more about how a lawsuit begins in North Carolina.