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

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    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.

    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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