The mission of the Task Force is to develop and standardize a process by which audio visual technology can be utilized statewide to:
- Facilitate hearings between the N.C. state courts and individuals who are housed in a county detention facility or a N.C. Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice (DACJJ) facility and
- Enable Central Regional Hospital to communicate with individuals housed in a county detention facility who are awaiting a determination concerning the defendant’s capacity to proceed.
The Task Force will work to accomplish this mission by:
- Establishing a pilot program between one or more county courthouse(s) and one or more jail(s) and prison(s) to hold remote first appearances using audio visual technology;
- Identifying a scheduling system to coordinate hearings between the courts and county and state facilities;
- Implementing a process for attorneys to effectively and confidentially communicate with their clients who are housed in a DACJJ or county detention facility.
The Task Force members are appointed by Chief Justice Paul Newby and are representative of stakeholder groups from the court system — judges, district attorneys, defense attorneys, clerks, magistrates — and other agencies, such as the N.C. Department of Public Safety, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the N.C. Sheriffs’ Association, and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.
Quarterly meetings to be held around the state:
Thursday, December 2, 2021
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
N.C. Judicial Center, Raleigh