Issued April 2, the order contains seven emergency directives including: postpones court proceedings for a second time to June 1, authorizes court proceedings to be conducted by remote audio and video transmissions, directs attorneys and others without business before the court to avoid court facilities, allows service of court documents by email, extends the deadline for payment of most fines and fees by 90 days, and more. Several other emergency steps and orders have previously been issued by the Chief Justice. Also, find information for Business Court, and on March 27, the Supreme Court ordered appellate court deadlines extended.
While courthouses and many courts remain open, the courts are directed, to the extent practicable, to maintain social distancing requirements and drastically curtail trips to local courts to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19 for the public and employees. Any person who has likely been exposed to COVID-19 and has business before the courts should not enter the courthouse and should contact the clerk of superior court’s office for further instruction.