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Orders to limit courthouse foot traffic extended

North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has extended several existing emergency directives that allow increased use of technology and seek to limit foot traffic in courthouses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The orders entered July 30 extend the effect of Emergency Directives 2–8. By law, emergency directives issued by the Chief Justice in response to a catastrophe expire every 30 days unless they are renewed.

The extended emergency directives require clerks of superior court to post notice at the courthouse to restrict entry by anyone likely exposed to COVID-19, allow increased use of teleconferencing for remote court hearings, limit public presence in courthouses to those with business to be conducted, waive notary requirements for court filings, allow certain documents to be served on another party or attorney by email, direct clerks of superior court not to enter or report nonpayment of money owed in criminal or infraction cases until after July 31, and require that magistrates continue to perform marriages.

Staff reports

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