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State - North Carolina

May 21

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issues new orders and emergency directives expanding North Carolina court operations. 

             -Press Release from Chief Justice Beasley. 

State - North Carolina

May 20

Governor Roy Cooper announces plan to move in to Phase 2 of re-opening on Friday, May 22 at 5pm. 

             -Press Release from Governor Cooper. 

State - North Carolina

May 6

Governor Roy Cooper announces plan to use school buses as WiFi Hot Spots so that neighborhoods with limited or no internet access can continue participate in remote learning. 

             -Press Release from Governor Cooper. 

State - North Carolina

May 5

Governor Roy Cooper issues executive order which modifies the Stay-at-Home Order and transitions to Phase 1 of the statewide re-opening plan to begin May 8. 

             -Press Release from Governor Cooper. 

State - North Carolina

May 4

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.  

             -Press Release from Governor Cooper. 

State - North Carolina

May 2

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.

             -Press Release from Chief Justice Beasley. 

State - North Carolina

April 23

Governor Roy Cooper holds press conference to discuss the extension of the Stay At Home Order until May 8 and the 3-phase lifting of restrictions.

             -Press Release from Governor Roy Cooper. 

State - North Carolina

April 23

State Board of Education reveals Year-End Grading Policy that ensures minimal negative impact to students. 

             -Press Release from State Board of Education. 

State - North Carolina

April 15

Governor Roy Cooper holds press conference to discuss the next steps in order to re-open the North Carolina safely. 

             - Press Release from Governor Roy Cooper. 

State - North Carolina

April 13

Chief Justice Beasley issues emergency order that any filings that were due between March 16 and June 1 will be deemed timely filed, if filed before close of business on June 1, 2020. 

             - Press Release from Chief Justice Beasley. 

Local - Forsyth County

April 13

Forsyth County Clerk announced that the Forsyth County Hall of Justice will be open to the public from 9am to 2pm until June 1, 2020, with a possibility of being extended. 

State - North Carolina

April 9

Governor Roy Cooper tightens social distancing restrictions, strengthens long-term care rules, and orders to streamline unemployment process. 

             - Governor Cooper's Order.  

State - North Carolina

March 30

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.

- Governor Cooper’s Order

Local - Guilford County

March 27

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.

- “Stay at Home” Order

Local - Guilford County

March 23

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

March 16

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.

- Press release from Chief Justice Beasley

Local - Guilford County

March 16

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

March 16

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

April 2

Chief Justice Beasley has ordered that all court proceedings be moved till after June 1st.

             -Press Release from Chief Justice Beasley.

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