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Court Operations Update Amid COVID-19


UPDATED – 8 October 2020
Largely, the North Carolina General Courts of Justice have now re-opened. Late in 2020, it is expected jury trials will resume. However, locally, courts are subject to closure with little to no notice if an outbreak of COVID-19 occurs among personnel who have offices inside the courthouse.

Are the Courthouses Closed?
The Guilford County Courthouses are generally open. As of October 5, 2020, the Clerk of Court’s office is operating with limited hours. Any person who has likely been exposed to COVID-19 such as a person who has known exposure to COVID-19, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is experiencing certain symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), or resides with or been in close contact with any person in the above-mentioned categories shall not enter any courthouse in North Carolina. If they have business in the courthouse or before the Court and they fall into one of these categories, they shall first call the Clerk of Court to receive further instruction. By Order, anyone who does not have business in a courthouse shall not enter a courthouse and those who do have business in a courthouse should not prolong their visit once their business has concluded.

We Are Here For You. If you have a legal need, our firm remains available for you. Our team continues to render legal services and our attorneys continue to make necessary court appearances.

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**PRIOR MESSAGE**
Below was the prior message concerning court operations.

The North Carolina General Courts of Justice are closed absent a few exceptions until June 1, 2020. Unless an exception applies, all proceedings must be rescheduled until after June 1, 2020.

What Exceptions Are There to The Court Closure?
Generally, the exceptions involve proceedings concerning emergencies and those required by the Constitution. For example, proceedings for obtaining emergency relief such as emergency custody, domestic violence orders of protection, temporary restraining orders, and judicial consent to juvenile medical treatment, and civil commitment orders. Additionally, matters such as criminal first appearances and bond hearing where a defendant is confined to the jail will continue. Hearings on probation violations and probable cause will also continue. There are additional limited exceptions, if you have a question about whether your circumstances apply, please contact our office.

Are the Courthouses Closed?
As of April 3, 2020, the Guilford County Courthouse is not closed to the public. However, any person who has likely been exposed to COVID-19 such as a person who has traveled internationally within the past 14 days, has known exposure to COVID-19, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is experiencing certain symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), or resides with or been in close contact with any person in the above-mentioned categories shall not enter any courthouse in North Carolina. If they have business in the courthouse or before the Court and they fall into one of these categories, they shall first call the Clerk of Court to receive further instruction.

The Chief Justice of North Carolina has also ordered that anyone who does not have business in a courthouse shall not enter a courthouse and those who do have business in a courthouse should not prolong their visit once their business has concluded.

We Are Here For You. If you have a legal need, our firm remains available for you. Our team continues to render legal services and our attorneys continue to make necessary court appearances.

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