COVID-19 Task Force Working Groups

Examining and making recommendations for best safety practices, technology and innovations, and virus fatigue.

Best Safety Practices Working Group

Purpose is to generate a list of questions about best safety practices for public health officials, obtain answers, and make recommendations about best safety practices that are evidence-based and appropriate for the courts.

Members

  • Kellie Myers, Trial Court Administrator, Wake County, Chair
  • Marsha Johnson, Clerk of Superior Court, Harnett County
  • Kinsley Craig, Trial Court Coordinator, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties
  • Jennifer Harjo, Public Defender, New Hanover County

Advisors and Staff

  • Erica Wilson, MD, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • James Clemmons, Richmond County Sheriff
  • Cheryl Howell, UNC School of Government
  • Christine Villaverde, Safety and COOP Consultant, NCAOC
  • DeShield Greene, Case Management Specialist, NCAOC

Materials

  • coming soon

Technology and Innovations Working Group

Purpose is to examine the types of proceedings that can be conducted remotely, whether there are any legislative changes needed to support that effort, and whether there are additional equipment needs, and to identify innovations in court scheduling and operations based on technology.

Members

  • Chuck Henry, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Onslow County, Chair
  • R. Allen Baddour, Superior Court Judge, Chatham County
  • Jay Corpening, Chief District Court Judge, New Hanover and Pender Counties
  • Charles Brown, Chief District Court Judge, Rowan County
  • Michelle Ball, Clerk of Superior Court, Johnston County
  • Kinsley Craig, Trial Court Coordinator, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties
  • J. Wade Harrison, Attorney at Law, Alamance and Guilford Counties
  • JD Keister, Attorney at Law, Wake County
  • John M. McCabe, Attorney at Law, Wake County
  • Patrick Benton Weede, Attorney at Law, Wake County

Staff

  • Anthony Whitmore, Chief Technology Officer, NCAOC
  • DeShield Greene, Court Management Specialist, NCAOC
  • Whitney B. Fairbanks, Interim Director, Office of Indigent Defense Services

Materials

  • coming soon

Virus Fatigue Working Group

Purpose is to identify ways that the Judicial Branch can support staff in the field, particularly those working in close contact with the public, and to consider creating a set of materials and resources for dissemination to those on the front lines.

Members

  • Jim Drennan, UNC School of Government, Chair
  • Teresa Vincent, Chief District Court Judge, Guilford County
  • Marsha Johnson, Clerk of Superior Court, Harnett County
  • Elisa Chinn-Gary, Clerk of Superior Court, Mecklenburg County
  • Jason Cheek, Magistrate, Davidson County
  • Kinsley Craig, Trial Court Coordinator, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties
  • Vernon Sumwalt, Attorney at Law, Mecklenburg County
  • Mebane Boyd, New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force

Staff

  • Lori Cole, Court Management Specialist, NCAOC
  • Terri Harris, NCAOC Employee Relations / HR Policy Consultant

Materials

  • coming soon