What is Environmental Court?
It is a joint effort between your court system, Cumberland County, and the City of Fayetteville to make
our communities a cleaner, safer and healthier place to live and raise our children.
The goal of the Cumberland County Environmental Court is to improve the quality of life for current and
future residents by prioritizing environmental issues, reducing the number of repeat offenders and
increasing the public's awareness of problems associated with the environment.
City and County agencies facing continuing noncompliance with local and state codes that impose housing,
neighborhood, health, fire, solid waste, building and zoning standards can use the services of Environmental
Court to address these issues in a central forum The Twelfth Judicial District has restructured its court
resources to create a specialized Environmental Court. The Environmental Court will group all noncompliance
cases for hearing on specific dates in a court over which the same judicial official presides to promote
This concept is spreading throughout the country and our state. Efficient and effective case processing,
judicial familiarity with cases, and focusing public attention on making our community a cleaner and safer
place are some of the benefits Environmental Court can bring to a growing metropolitan area such as
Fayetteville and Cumberland County.
For more information, please visit our Commonly Asked Questions page.