Apart from a handful of limited exceptions, North Carolina’s civil courts were closed for almost three months in the Spring of 2020 in response to the community spread of COVID-19 across the state. In June, North Carolina’s civil courts slowly began re-opening, incorporating a variety of safety measures to protect court personnel and visitors from the virus. While these safety measures and restrictions vary from county to county, one thing is for sure – every courthouse looks and feels very different now than before the pandemic. So, what should you know before going to a courthouse during COVID-19?
Here are 10 Tips for safely navigating the courthouse amid a global pandemic:
These are challenging times – some even say (in about a dozen emails a day) these are unprecedented times. As attorneys, we are in the business of observing precedent. The lack of precedent is often an invitation for debate. While there may be some debate as to the safest and most efficient methods of holding court during a pandemic, we should all recognize the challenges court staff, opposing counsel, and clients are facing in adjusting to this new normal. Be patient, be adaptive, and we’ll get through this together.
Melissa Tulis is an associate in the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Collections practice group, representing a broad range of businesses in North and South Carolina through all stages of the collection litigation process, including pre-suit collection efforts, lawsuits, judgments, and executions....LEARN MORE