The 26th judicial court operations will be modified for the next 30 days in response to COVID-19, impacting the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.
The changes start Monday, Dec. 14 and will run through Thursday, Jan. 14.
The announcement comes in response to North Carolina’s increasing COVID-19 cases and an announcement by Chief Justice Cheri Beasley of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
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The courthouse will remain open, but attorneys and the public should use email and phone calls to communicate with courthouse staff.
Departments impacted include:
SMALL CLAIMS & WEDDINGS
• Small claims proceedings, including summary ejectments and money owed, currently scheduled for hearing between Dec. 14 and Jan. 14 will be continued until the next available date after Jan. 14.
• Weddings will continue as scheduled, by appointment only, 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Email Mecklenburg.Magistrate.Weddings@nccourts.org to schedule an appointment.
INCOMPETENCY, GUARDIANSHIP & FORECLOSURE MATTERS
• All in-person hearings before the Clerk of Superior Court will be continued for at least 30 days.
Criminal District Court
• Felony first appearance hearings will continue through WebEx.
• Bond hearings will proceed as scheduled and may be held in the absence of the defendant upon consent. Otherwise, the matter will be continued.
• Bond hearings and expedited misdemeanor arraignments previously scheduled in courtroom 4310 on Tuesday will be scheduled in courtroom 1150.
• Out-of-custody probable cause hearings will be continued for at least 30 days per the Dec. 11 Administrative Order.
• Misdemeanor probation violation probable cause hearings will occur on Fridays in courtroom 1150.
Domestic Violence Court
• Courtrooms 4110 and 4130 will continue to operate for the purpose of hearing ex parte Domestic Violence Protective Order requests and 10 day return hearings pursuant to G.S. 50B.
• All Domestic Violence criminal matters, with the exception of expedited arraignments, are canceled and will be continued for at least 30 days.
Civil District Court
• All Civil District Court matters scheduled for WebEx will continue as scheduled. Any matters scheduled for in-person hearings will be rescheduled for a date on or after Jan. 14.
• All in-person sessions, including contempt hearings, will be continued for at least 30 days.
Juvenile Abuse, Neglect & Dependency
• In-person juvenile hearings will be continued for at least 30 days with the exception of adjudication or first permanency planning hearings. Adjudication and first permanency planning hearings will proceed as scheduled.
• Non-secure custody hearings will proceed remotely as outlined in the Oct. 22 Administrative Order.
• Adjudications and dispositions shall be continued to a date on or after Jan. 14.
• First Appearance and Probable Cause hearings will proceed as scheduled.
Child Support Enforcement
• All in-person hearings scheduled between Dec. 14 and Jan. 14 will be scheduled as a virtual hearing in accordance with applicable law and policy or rescheduled to a date after Jan. 14.
• Recovery Courts will proceed with virtual sessions as scheduled.
Criminal Superior Court
• Bond hearings shall continue as scheduled and may be held in the absence of the defendant upon consent. Otherwise, the matter will be continued.
• Felony Administrative Court matters will be limited to in-custody arraignments, bond hearings, and Rule 24 proceedings.
• Felony probation violation probable cause hearings will proceed on Mondays.
• All criminal jury trials are suspended for at least 30 days.
Civil Superior Court
• All civil jury trials are suspended for at least 30 days.
• All grand jury proceedings will continue as scheduled. Selection for new grand jurors will be held Jan. 14.
• All jury trials have been suspended through Jan. 14. A decision regarding the resumption of jury trials will be communicated at a later date.