Chief Justice Beasley issues new order and emergency directives for NC Courts

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley recently issued new orders concerning the North Carolina court operations. Under her latest Order, the Chief Justice confirmed that all court deadlines that had been previously extended to June 1 (such as the time for tenants to appeal Eviction Judgments; for Clerks to issue Writs on Judgments entered before March 16; or for tenants to pay all monthly rent bonds owed for Appeal cases) will not be extended past 5 pm on June 1. View the recent order here.

This means that the court process can once again be restored to “working as anticipated” come June 2. Chief Justice Beasley states in her Order that “These emergency directives are crucial to ensuring that our court system continues to administer justice while protecting the health and safety of court officials, court personnel, and the public.”

Regarding summary ejectment and appeal hearings, NC AOC Director McKinley Wooten stated the Courts’ plans are to indeed move forward with hearings on these cases on June 2, but doing so employing social distancing and other health/safety measures, relying heavily on local court officials to make decisions appropriate to their particular County and its facilities to get their cases back onto hearing calendars. In other words, these cases will indeed be heard starting June 2, but the exact process, procedure, and speed will all vary by County, cognitive of safety and health concerns for the parties, the Courthouse staff and the physical space(s) that will be placed back into use.

If you have any questions regarding this recent Order please submit them to us by reaching out to us.