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Who is the Clerk of Court?

Honorable Nancy Lorrin Freeman,
Wake County Clerk of Court

As the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court, Ms. Freeman is committed to building a court system that is accessible, fair, efficient and responsive. She leads a staff of over one hundred and fifty employees who are responsible for maintaining all case records, collecting monies on behalf of the courts and sitting as judge in a wide range of estate and special proceeding matters.

A few of Ms. Freeman’s major accomplishments since taking office include:

  • Significantly improving response time and reducing back logs
  • Implementation of new technology developed by the Administrative Office of the Courts to improve efficiency and promote public safety, including electronic filing for certain case types and introduction of an electronic warrant system
  • Creation of a convenience court where, five afternoons each week, members of the public can meet with an assistant district attorney and dispose of simple traffic cases before their court date. Over one thousand cases a month are disposed of in this manner providing more district court time for more serious cases.

Ms. Freeman was elected Clerk of Superior Court by the people of Wake County in 2006 and again in 2010. Prior to becoming Clerk of Court, Ms. Freeman worked in the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office where she represented the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Ms. Freeman served as a Research Assistant to former Chief Justice Burley Mitchell and as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County after completing law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ms. Freeman is married to Robert Padovano, an attorney with his own small law firm in Wake County. They are the proud parents of two daughters. Away from work and family, Ms. Freeman is a member of the Edenton Street United Methodist Church .  In 2009, Ms. Freeman was presented with the President’s Award from the North Carolina Conference of Clerks of Superior Court in recognition of her efforts at the North Carolina General Assembly to support legislation that would enable clerks’ offices across the State to work more effectively.




Wake County Clerk of Court
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 351 Raleigh, NC 27602-0351
Automated Directory Phone: (919) 792-4000
Physical Addresses:
Wake County Courthouse
316 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27602
Wake County Justice Center
300 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27602
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