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Local - Guilford County
Beginning July 7, 2020, face masks will be required to enter the courthouse. Upon entering the courthouse everyone will be submitted to a non-invasive temperature check and asked three (3) questions by security staff. Hearings are no longer open to the public and only those who have specific business in the courthouse will be allowed entrance. These rules apply to both the Greensboro and High Point Courthouses.
Emergency Directives expire after 30 days. Chief Justice Beasley has extended certain Emergency Directives until July 29, including remote hearings, waived notary requirement on court filings, continue to have magistrates hold marriage ceremonies, and allow service via email.
Phase 2 of reopening extended until July 17th, 2020. Governor Cooper also makes face coverings mandatory in all public spaces where physical distancing is not possible starting at 5pm on June 26, 2020.
Governor Roy Cooper signs into law two bipartisan relief bills that provides almost $1.6 billion in relief measures. The relief package also allows for emergency remote video notarization and temporarily waives the requirement for witnesses in the execution of Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills.
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley extends emergency directives until May 30. This extension maintains the 7 emergency directives contained in the April 2, 2020 Order. This order also eliminates the consent requirement that made it difficult for most courts to hold remote hearings using teleconference technology.
Through April 29, Governor Roy Cooper issued a state-wide “Stay at Home” Order. The Order applies to all person in North Carolina. It bans gatherings of more than 10 people and permits travel for essential purposes provided that people outside of their homes continue to follow proscribed social distancing practices. If you live in a city or county with a more restrictive stay at home order in place, then you must abide by that local order.
Through April 16, Guilford County officials issued a “Stay at Home” Order. Guilford County residents are encouraged to stay at their place of residence, except for shopping for essentials, going to work at essential businesses, or providing essentials to loved ones.
Through April 17, Guilford County Courthouses will only be open to the public for filings from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Monday through Friday. Any emergency or essential filings filed after 1:00pm will be accepted by the Magistrates office between 1:00pm and 5:00pm.
State - North Carolina
North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order that all superior and district court proceedings will be rescheduled for at least 30 days, with some exceptions.
Guardianship proceedings before the Clerk of Superior Court of Guilford County will proceed as normal, unless otherwise directed by the Clerk’s office. Estate Proceedings will only be heard for pressing matters.
Local - Forsyth County
Forsyth County Clerk announced that all superior and district court proceedings and all other matters are to be continued or scheduled for no earlier than April 30th, 2020.
State - North Carolina
Chief Justice Beasley has ordered that all court proceedings be moved till after June 1st.