Judicial Branch COVID-19 Task Force

Tasked with recommending emergency directives and policy changes related to the COVID-19 health emergency.


The task force will recommend emergency directives and policy changes related to the COVID-19 health emergency to the Chief Justice for her consideration. The group will be co-chaired by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Don Bridges and Chief District Court Judge Jay Corpening. The Task Force will work with the conferences and associations within the Judicial Branch to put forward recommendations for future emergency directives, policy changes, and best practices to help courts across the state provide increased levels of service to the public in the coming months.

Task Force Members

  • Don Bridges, Co-Chair, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties
  • Jay Corpening, Co-Chair, Chief District Court Judge, New Hanover and Pender Counties
  • Wayland Sermons, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge; Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Washington, and Tyrrell Counties
  • Teresa Vincent, Chief District Court Judge, Guilford County
  • Billy West, District Attorney, Cumberland County
  • Robert Evans, District Attorney; Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson Counties
  • Marsha Johnson, Clerk of Superior Court, Harnett County
  • Elisa Chinn-Gary, Clerk of Superior Court, Mecklenburg County
  • Kinsley Craig, Trial Court Coordinator, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties
  • Kellie Myers, Trial Court Administrator, Wake County
  • Jason Cheek, Magistrate, Davidson County
  • Jennifer Harjo, Public Defender, New Hanover County
  • John M. McCabe, Attorney, Wake County
  • J. Wade Harrison, Attorney, Alamance and Guilford Counties
  • Patrick Benton Weede, Attorney, Wake County
  • JD Keister, Attorney, Wake County
Task Force Staff
  • Anna Stearns, General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Chief Justice
  • Danielle Carman, NCAOC Deputy Director, Court Programs
  • Emily Mehta, NCAOC Research and Policy Associate
  • Sean Callan, NCAOC Research and Policy Associate

Task Force Working Groups

Find working group members, staff, and materials for the

Best Safety Practices Working Group

Technology and Innovations Working Group

Virus Fatigue Working Group


Thursday, June 4, 2020

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Via Webex

Thursday, May 28, 2020

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Via Webex

Thursday, May 21, 2020

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Via Webex

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Via Webex

Tuesday, May 5, 20202:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Via Webex

Friday, May 1, 202010:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.