COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the North Carolina Court System

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is presently working its way through North Carolina and having serious effects on jobs, schools, and everyday life. It has also sidelined most sessions of criminal and civil court across North Carolina. 

On March 13th, 2020 Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced that the court system will be closed for “non-essential” matters for a minimum of 30 days. Effectively, with few exceptions, the North Carolina Court system is now shut down until April 13th, 2020. 

“Essential” matters as they relate to North Carolina Criminal Court are matters that involve felony charges where a defendant is in custody and certain instances of crimes involving Domestic Violence. 

County Chief Judges can make the decision to hold sessions of court where there is a less likely chance of transmission of the virus. Individual updates for county sessions of court can be found at the NC AOC’s website here. Given that the White House has recommended to limit gatherings to less than ten people, it is unlikely that there will be too many sessions of court proceeding at all.

If you have a scheduled traffic ticket or criminal court date within the next 30 days, you will likely not have to appear in court. Your case will likely be moved to a future date once the courts have reopened. You can check to see your court date here. Be sure to check for general updates from NC AOC as well at the above listed link. 

If you have a speeding ticket or criminal case in North Carolina give Cotten Law a call to discuss your options or to appear in court on your behalf.

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