North Carolina chief justice extends state’s emergency directives until May 30th

North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced on Saturday that she has extended the state’s emergency directives that were put in place April 2nd until May 30th.

Beasley tweeted:

I have extended the #COVID19 emergency directives for NC courts through the end of May so that local courts can keep hearing cases remotely and we can limit the number of people required to come into our courthouses.

The order also allows a greater number of remote proceedings to be held without requiring the consent of every party as had previously been ordered.

I know these delays have been hard. You depend on our courts to protect your rights and help resolve your disputes. We are all looking forward to the day when we can get back to something that feels more normal. For now, we must remain vigilant about protecting each other.

To all of the frontline court personnel who are keeping our courts running during this incredibly difficult time, thank you! We are all so grateful for the sacrifices you are making as you continue to serve the public.

Per WAVY, North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced on Saturday that she has issued an order to extend the state’s emergency directives that were set in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The list of eight directives was initially set to expire 30 days after being put in place on April 2. Beasley stated that there is still a risk of the virus spreading throughout North Carolina and therefore, she has set the new expiration date for May 30.

The order includes that most in-person court proceedings for the superior and district court must be scheduled or rescheduled for a date no sooner than June 1. Exemptions can be found in the complete order but include remote proceedings and those for the purpose of emergency relief.

Included in this is the removal of the consent requirement for remote hearings which were creating issues for courts attempting to schedule teleconference hearings.

“We continue to take steps to increase the services we can safely provide to the public,” said Beasley. “While our task force is hard at work developing plans for the months ahead, it’s important that we remain vigilant about protecting the health and safety of everyone in our courthouses.”