The North Carolina Judicial Branch continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation throughout the state. The Governor’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Task Force has been preparing and responding to this situation. We will continue to collaborate with state public health partners as well as North Carolina Emergency Management to closely monitor the situation to ensure the health and safety of our courts, judicial community, and the public.
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order today extending filing deadlines and further curtailing other court processes. The order states that documents due to be filed from March 16 to April 17 will be deemed timely filed if received before the close of business on April 17, 2020, and that any actions required to be done during that time can also be postponed until April 17, 2020. This order does not apply to documents and papers due to be filed or acts due to be done in the appellate courts.
Chief Justice Beasley updated several directives delivered in her March 13 order and stressed that while courthouses must remain open, officials must drastically curtail trips to local courts to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and further protect employees of the courts who must still interact with the public.
In a press conference (watch below), Chief Justice Beasley has directed that local courts postpone most cases in district and superior court for at least 30 days, with some exceptions, effective Monday, March 16.