• Quick Reference Guide to Orders from the Chief Justice and the North Carolina Supreme Court Related to COVID-19

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    *This post has been updated multiple times.  For the most recent version of the chart, scroll to the bottom of the post.

    Since the start of the pandemic, the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Supreme Court have issued a number of directives impacting the court system.  Instead of doing a heavy substantive post today, I thought I would share a quick reference chart I’ve been using to keep track of these directives, their effect based on the most recent order issued, the dates of the order containing each directive, and their expiration date.

    This chart is by no means intended to be a substitute for the orders.  Please read the full text of the orders for guidance. The full text of the orders along with all of the other COVID-19 judicial branch updates may be found at https://www.nccourts.gov/covid-19.

    The chart does not include executive orders issued by the Governor related to the pandemic.  Those are available here.  It also does not include state legislation from the General Assembly, including two key pandemic-related session laws, Session Law 2020-3 and Session Law 2020-4, or related federal legislation, such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”)

    To access the chart (updated through June 9, 2020), click here.

    UPDATE (June 23, 2020): On June 20, 2020, the Chief Justice entered two orders.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect those orders.   A marked-up version showing changes to the June 9 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes that incorporates the June 20, 2020 orders is available here.

    UPDATE (June 30, 2020)On June 29, 2020, the Chief Justice entered two orders. I updated the quick reference chart to reflect those orders.   A marked-up version showing changes to the June 23 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes that incorporates the June 29, 2020 orders is available here.

    UPDATE (July 22, 2020)On July 16 and July 20, 2020, the Chief Justice entered orders. I updated the quick reference chart to reflect those orders.   A marked-up version showing changes to the June 30 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes that incorporates the July 16 and July 20 orders is available here.

    UPDATE (July 24, 2020)On July 24, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the July 22 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (August 4, 2020)On July 29, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the July 24 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (August 17, 2020)On August 15, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the August 4 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (August 25, 2020)On August 24, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the August 17 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (September 18, 2020)On September 15, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the August 24 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (October 2, 2020)On September 30, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the September 18 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (October 16, 2020)On October 15, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the October 2 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (November 19, 2020)On November 16, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the October 16 chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (November 30, 2020)On November 30, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (December 14, 2020)On December 14, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (December 31, 2020)On December 31, 2020, the Chief Justice entered an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (January 14, 2021)On January 13, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (January 29, 2021)On January 29, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (February 12, 2021)On February 12, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (March 15, 2021)On March 12, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order that takes effect on March 15, 2021.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (April 12, 2021)On April 9, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order that takes effect on April 12, 2021.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (May 10, 2021)On May 7, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order that takes effect on May 10, 2021.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (May 14, 2021)On May 14, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an amendment to his most recent order that took effect on May 10, 2021.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this amendment.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (June 7, 2021):  On June 4, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order that takes effect on June 7, 2021.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    UPDATE (June 21, 2021):  On June 21, 2021, the Chief Justice issued an order that ended the last remaining emergency directives in effect.  I updated the quick reference chart to reflect this order.  A marked-up version showing key changes to the previous version of the chart is available here.  A clean version without marked changes is available here.

    Meredith Smith joined the School of Government in 2013. Her work focuses on the areas of law where clerks of superior court exercise judicial authority.
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