COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Find the latest updates and announcements from the Judicial Branch on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation throughout the state.

Announcements

The North Carolina Judicial Branch continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation throughout the state. The Governor’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Task Force has been preparing and responding to this situation. We will continue to collaborate with state public health partners as well as North Carolina Emergency Management to closely monitor the situation to ensure the health and safety of our courts, judicial community, and the public.

Supreme Court Orders Appellate Court Deadlines Extended - March 27, 2020
Memo to Judicial Employees: Governor Cooper's Stay at Home Order in Response to COVID-19 - March 27, 2020
Chief Justice Beasley Orders Extension of Court System Deadlines - March 19, 2020

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order today extending filing deadlines and further curtailing other court processes. The order states that documents due to be filed from March 16 to April 17 will be deemed timely filed if received before the close of business on April 17, 2020, and that any actions required to be done during that time can also be postponed until April 17, 2020. This order does not apply to documents and papers due to be filed or acts due to be done in the appellate courts.

NC Courts Largely Closed in Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - March 15, 2020

Chief Justice Beasley updated several directives delivered in her March 13 order and stressed that while courthouses must remain open, officials must drastically curtail trips to local courts to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and further protect employees of the courts who must still interact with the public.

Coronavirus Update for our Courts Memo to Judicial Officials - March 15, 2020
Chief Justice Beasley Announces Judicial Branch Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – March 13, 2020

In a press conference (watch below), Chief Justice Beasley has directed that local courts postpone most cases in district and superior court for at least 30 days, with some exceptions, effective Monday, March 16. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcement from NCAOC Director Wooten to Members of the North Carolina State Bar – March 13, 2020

Do not enter courthouse if exposed to COVID-19 poster

Do not enter courthouse if exposed to COVID-19 poster (Spanish)

SCAM ALERTWe 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 about how to avoid the "jury duty scam."  

County Announcements and Updates

Local updates or information: visit the county's pages or contact the courthouse.

County court closings or advisories: view the closings page.

Changes in local court sessions may be reported in the counties highlighted in the map and you should look at the details by expanding the “+” for each one. Some counties provide more information, administrative orders, etc., available below and on the county's pages. Be sure to check both during the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Announcements and Administrative Orders