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Most Court Proceedings Placed On Hold For 30 Days
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

Most Court Proceedings Placed on Hold for 30 Days

North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced Friday (December 11) that North Carolina Courts will postpone non-essential, in-person court proceedings for 30 days, beginning today (December 14). The Chief Justice is expected to enter an order to renew existing Emergency Directives and implement the Emergency Directive announced Friday.

In explaing the Directive, Chief Justice Beasley cited the recent surge of new COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and in the state’s courtrooms. She says the pause is necessary to protect the health and safety of court personnel and the public. Justice Beasley says the court’s online presence will allow the court to limit in-person proceedings for the next few weeks while ensuring that the court system remains available.

The Chief Justice has called a meeting of the Judicial Branch’s COVID-19 Task Force to discuss emergency directives and policy changes related to the COVID-19 health emergency. The Task Force is scheduled to meet tomorrow at 1 p.m.