The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina announced new Judicial Branch measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
- Memo to Mediators regarding Mediations and COVID-19 - 1/15/2021
- Important Information for Mediators to Know - 3/2/2021
- Guidelines for N.C. Notaries - 3/16/2021
- N.C. State Bar Ethics Advisory on COVID-19 and Related Practice Concerns for Real Property Closings and Notarization of Documents
- N.C. State Bar Ethics Article on Professional Responsibility in a Pandemic
Please note, the DRC does not promote or endorse any video conference platforms for mediator use during this time. The DRC remains concerned with the protection of confidential information and encourages mediators to proceed cautiously when using third party technologies to share private or confidential information. The resource listed below is provided by mediators, for mediators, and have not been verified for accuracy by the DRC.
The Court’s orders amending these rule sets were adopted on November 17, 2020, and are effective November 23, 2020.
- Rules for Mediated Settlement Conferences and Other Settlement Procedures in Superior Court Civil Actions
- Rules for Settlement Procedures in District Court Family Financial Cases
- Rules of Mediation for Matters Before the Clerk of Superior Court
In conference on June 3, 2020, the Supreme Court adopted orders amending five rules sets that affect mediation in North Carolina. These orders are effective on June 10, 2020.
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