Chief Justice Beasley Extends Certain Emergency Directives Through July 20

By Kasi Robinson

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has issued an order extending Emergency Directives 9-16 through July 20, 2020.

Relevant to criminal practitioners, these Emergency Directives provide:

No sessions of court may be scheduled if doing so would contravene current public health guidelines. Remote hearings should be used to the greatest extent possible. (Emergency Directive 9.)

No jury trials shall be convened in district or superior court before July 20, 2020. It is likely that this directive will be continued at least through the end of July. (Emergency Directive 10.)

Clerks may require submission of filings via secure drop box and may require access to public records be by appointment only or during limited hours. (Emergency Directive 14.)

Submission of filings by mail is encouraged. Filings will be timely if delivered to the clerk of superior court by the U.S. Postal Service within five business days of the due date. (Emergency Directive 15.)