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Sep 14, 2022

Getting ready for the end of the federal PHE 

By Jenna K. Godlewski and Alice V. Harris, Nexsen Pruet  The current extension of the federal public health emergency declared as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (“PHE”) will expire on Oct. 15, 2022. As the need wanes for the waivers and flexibilities implemented due to the PHE, there has been great speculation on when […]

Mar 3, 2021

Beaufort Co. clerk’s office returns to normal hours

After more than two months, the Beaufort County Clerk of Court’s office resumed normal service hours on March 3, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts announced.  The office announced on Dec. 18 that it would modify hours to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Since Dec. 21, it has operated from 9 a.m. to […]

Feb 26, 2021

Transylvania Co. courts closing early due to COVID-19

Transylvania County courts and its clerk of court’s office will close early through March 2 due to COVID-19, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts announced. The AOC said that the Transylvania courthouse, clerk’s office, and district and superior courts would close at 3 p.m. from Feb. 25 until March 2 “due to an […]

Feb 9, 2021

Pitt Co. district court canceled Feb. 9-12 due to COVID

An incidence of COVID-19 in Pitt County has forced the cancellation of district court sessions at the county’s courthouse for Feb. 9-12, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts announced on Feb. 8. Chief District Court Judge G. Galen Braddy announced that the COVID-19 incident necessitated facility sanitation and quarantine of staff in accordance […]

Oct 28, 2020

COVID-19 closes Orange Co. courthouse

The Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough will be closed through Nov. 9 due to COVID-19 exposure, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts has announced. “We are working quickly to protect the health of those who work in the building, as well as the people that we serve,” said Senior Resident Superior Court Judge […]

Sep 30, 2020

COVID-19 screenings to start at Wake Co. court facilities

People who enter Wake County’s court facilities will soon have to undergo a screening for possible COVID-19 infection. Beginning Oct. 2, visitors and staff to the Wake County Courthouse, the Wake County Justice Center, and the court’s office building will have to declare any symptoms and have their temperatures taken. Wake County as a whole […]

Sep 30, 2020

Appalachian State student dies following COVID complications

By BRYAN ANDERSON Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina system reported its first coronavirus-related student death on Tuesday since several campuses reopened with at least partial in-person learning last month. Chad Dorrill, a 19-year student at Appalachian State University who lived off campus in Boone and took all […]

Sep 23, 2020

N.C., S.C. take different approaches in court operations

  When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation in March, the leaders of judiciaries in every jurisdiction in the country had to take quick and drastic steps to figure out how to keep the wheels of justice turning under unprecedented and almost untenable circumstances. At first, many states pursued similar policies, postponing all but the […]

Sep 15, 2020

N.C. Senate candidates trade accusations on virus, vaccine

By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham battled over the government’s COVID-19 response and a future vaccine in a debate Monday, kicking up a notch a campaign that could determine the Senate’s control. Tillis, who is seeking a second term, was largely […]

Sep 14, 2020

Judge won’t order more controls upon N.C. prison system

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge refused on Friday to place more controls upon the state prison system after inmate advocates argued it wasn’t doing what he previously ordered to protect the incarcerated against COVID-19. Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier wrote there wasn’t enough evidence to issue additional enforcement orders upon the Department […]

Sep 4, 2020

NC virus relief aid heads to Cooper as General Assembly ends

By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature finalized a plan Thursday to spend $1.1 billion of the state’s remaining COVID-19 relief funds from Washington, including direct cash payments to nearly 2 million families. The package, which also provides a $50 uptick in weekly unemployment benefits and more funds […]

Sep 4, 2020

COVID-19 closes Alamance Co. courthouses

  Alamance County courthouses are scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 8 after an outbreak of COVD-19 at its jail this week.  “Due to the positive cases identified at the Alamance County Detention Center, the Alamance County Judicial Leadership Team, in consultation with the Health Department, made the decision to keep the majority of court operations […]

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