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North Carolina Courts Close Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  March 16, 2020   |  

***UPDATE: In a new order, NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has ordered that all jury trials in North Carolina be delayed until at least August 1, 2020.

Many of our clients have recently asked:

Are North Carolina courts open during the coronavirus outbreak?

NC Courts Close for Coronavirus Outbreak - Riddle & Brantley - North CarolinaTechnically, the North Carolina courts remain open, however, most official business — including most hearings and trials — has been canceled until further notice.

In a memo released yesterday, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Cheri Beasley wrote that “Put simply, it cannot be business as usual for our court system. Non-essential court functions that cannot be accomplished through the use of remote technology must be postponed.”

Civil and Criminal Cases Postponed in North Carolina Due to Coronavirus

North Carolina Chief Justice Beasley further ordered, with some exceptions, that “all superior and district court proceedings be postponed for at least 30 days.”

“All civil and criminal district and superior court matters must be postponed unless they are absolutely essential for constitutional or public safety reasons.”

-Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, North Carolina Supreme Court

Court Filing Deadlines Extended in North Carolina

***UPDATE: In a new order, NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has ordered that all jury trials in North Carolina be delayed until at least August 1, 2020.

For more information on how NC courts are affected by the coronavirus outbreak, please visit the North Carolina Judicial Branch COVID-19 updates page.

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