In 2013 the new jurisdictional limits in North Carolina are as follows:
1) Small Claims upto $10,000 (formerly $5,000).
2) District Court upto $25,000.00 (formerly $10,000)
3) Superior Court, above $25,000
See also blog on new Arbitration Rules & Attorney Fees.
Note: Small claims are still the jurisdiction for evictions in Landlord-Tenant matters. However, if your property has a lease-purchase agreement or an option to purchase by the tenant, then the case will be dismissed for jurisdictional limits.