Help Us Keep the Public and Our Staff Safe
Courts are operating with reduced capacity. By order of the Chief Justice, only people with business at the courthouse will be allowed to enter. Masks or face coverings are encouraged, and in some locations may be required. Filings are encouraged to be mailed and will be treated as timely if received by mail within 5 days of the due date. You may be able to handle your ticket or citation through our online services. You can also sign up there for text and email reminders about your court date.
Check your county's information for changes to hours of operations, remote hearings, announcements, and more. If you need additional information, contact the clerk of superior court office before going to the courthouse. Find updates for the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Business Court.
Many court operations have been modified by orders of the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court since March. While a summary is provided below, you should read the applicable order for details that might affect your case.
- Filings in civil cases that were due between March 16 and June 1 will be timely filed if they are filed before the close of business on June 1.
- Filings in criminal matters have been extended to July 31.
- Filings due pursuant to a statute of limitation or statute of repose have been extended to July 31.
- Filings due in the appellate courts between March 27 and April 30 have been extended by 60 days.
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has entered a number of emergency directives affecting operations of the trial courts.
- All non-emergent court matters have been postponed until after June 1.
- No jury trials will be held until after July 31.
- Courts must allow for social distancing when scheduling cases.
- Many hearings can now be conducted online by teleconference.
- Documents that ordinarily require a notary can be submitted with a signed statement under penalty of perjury.
- Some documents can be served on another party or attorney by email.
- Due dates for fines and fees in criminal cases and traffic tickets are extended 90 days.
- Pending bond forfeitures are stayed until September 30.
- Filings submitted by mail will be timely if received within 5 days of the due date.
- Magistrates may require appointments and limit the hours available for marriages.
- Clerks may require appointments and limit the hours that public records are available.
|Order of the Chief Justice Extending Filing Deadlines||May 21, 2020||Order|
|Order of the Chief Justice Emergency Directives||May 21, 2020||Order|
|Order of the Supreme Court Modifying Certain Rules of Practice and Continuing Judicial Education||May 14, 2020||Order|
|Order of the Chief Justice Extending Emergency Directives until May 30||May 1, 2020||Order | Spanish|
|Order of the Chief Justice Emergency Directive to Resume Marriage Ceremonies||April 16, 2020||Order|
|Order of the Chief Justice Extending Filing and Court-Related Deadlines||April 13, 2020||Order | Spanish|
|Order of the Chief Justice Emergency Directives Postponing Court Proceedings Until June 1||April 2, 2020||Order | Spanish|
|Order of the Supreme Court Extending Appellate Court Deadlines||March 27, 2020||Order|
|Order of the Chief Justice Extending Court System Deadlines||March 19, 2020||Order | Spanish|
|Order of the Chief Justice Emergency Directives||March 13, 2020||Order | Spanish|
We have received reports of the "jury duty scam" taking place in counties. The caller identifies himself or herself as a member of the sheriff’s office, informs the victim that they have failed to appear for jury duty, explains that the clerk’s office has issued an order for their arrest, and advises the victim they can resolve the situation and avoid arrest by paying a large amount of money using a credit or prepaid debit card.
THIS IS A SCAM! If you receive such a call, simply hang up and do not stay on the phone. Learn more.
COVID-19: County Updates
Find county announcements and administrative orders regarding COVID-19.
Find frequently asked questions about court during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19: NCAOC Guidance to Court Personnel
Find NCAOC guidance to court officials concerning the court system’s response to COVID-19.
Find the latest COVID-19 updates by county, including orders, changes to hours of operations, remote hearings, announcements, and more.
Also, see the closings and advisories page where some changes in local court sessions may be reported. Counties provide information, administrative orders, and more on the county's pages. Be sure to check both during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question about your court case, please first view the county's pages in which the case is filed for any local announcements, as well as the closings and advisories page, then if needed contact the clerk of superior court office. You may find other helpful information about the court system’s response and announcements above.
The Judicial Branch cannot provide legal advice or address actions by individuals or entities that do not involve the courts or the impact of orders issued by the Chief Justice. Individuals who need legal advice about rights and remedies under the law should seek the advice of an attorney.
Is jury duty cancelled?
Yes. The Chief Justice has ordered all jury trials to be postponed. However, if you have received a summons to serve on a grand jury, you should report on the day required.
If someone has a traffic ticket or other court date prior to April 13, is that postponed? Most cases have been postponed until after June 1. You can check your court date online. If you still have questions, you should call your county clerk of court's office.
Are the courts ordering evictions? Hearings in summary ejectment actions have been postponed until after June 1. Tenants should remember that rent for the period of the delay will still be owed. Appeal bonds will be due June 1 in all pending appeals to district court. Review COVID-19 information for landlords and tenants from the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center.
Are the courts open to victims of domestic violence? North Carolina courts remain open, and protective orders are being processed. Victims of domestic violence in Alamance, Brunswick, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Onslow, Orange, Rockingham, Rowan, or Wake counties can file online with the help of a local domestic violence service provider.
What if a parent is out of work due to COVID-19 and child support payments are due? You should seek the advice of an attorney. If the NC IV-D agency (North Carolina Child Support Enforcement Agency) is involved in the case, contact Child Support Services to determine if a review is appropriate.
What happens to upset bids during this time? All sales of real property subject to an upset bid period continue to be subject to upset bids. For cases that have had no upset bid activity during the preceding 10 days, the upset bid period will close at the close of business on June 1.
Please note that many upset bid periods will end at that time and clerk’s offices are operating with limited staff. Please plan accordingly.
Does the Chief Justice’s Emergency Directive allow court reporters to take oaths remotely in depositions? The Chief Justice’s Emergency Directive temporarily waives the requirement for an oath to be administered in a deposition. The directive states, “When it is required that an oath be taken . . . it shall be sufficient if the subscriber affirms the truth of the matter to be verified. . .” The directive does not waive the in-person requirement for taking of oaths or conducting other notarial acts.
Do I have to have documents notarized? The Chief Justice’s Emergency Directive allows documents to be filed without a notary if the following statement appears on the document instead.
“I (we) affirm, under the penalties for perjury, that the foregoing representation(s) is (are) true. (Signed) ___________________”
- COVID-19 Digital Assets (signage and safety measure examples that may be found in courthouses across the state)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Legal Aid of North Carolina
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
- State Coronavirus Hotline (1-866-462-3821)
- United States State Department Travel Advisory
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Recommendations for Domestic Violence Intervention Programs regarding Virtual Group Work and COVID-19
- World Health Organization