My wife lost a case on a technicality that the lawyer sent First Request for Admissions to the previous address so that we couldn't respond in time and then sent the Motion for Summary Judgment to the correct address. The judge didn't even hear the issues of material fact (their evidence about the specific amount in question was clearly faulty); he said we should have told the court the address, so it is LIKE she admitted to the amount.
The whole case was filed in the district court division. We realized later that in NC, District Courts hear civil cases involving less than $10000 and Superior Courts hear civil cases involving more than $10000. Are there exceptions? Did he have the legal authority to enter a judgment? Does this judgment even carry any legal weight?