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The Law Office of Neubia L. Harris, PLLC is committed to superior representation at affordable prices even in the midst of a global pandemic. To ensure the health and safety of our clients, our employees and their families, we are exercising an abundance of caution; therefore, we are not currently seeing clients or potential clients in the office. All communications with our office for the immediate future will take place via telephone, email and video conferencing to limit any potential exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are grateful for your understanding as we all seek to adjust to our new normal.

North Carolina Courts & Government Updates

On August 15, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(2) extending the emergency order guidance to Judicial System stakeholders until September 14, 2020. Those emergency directives require persons in court facilities throughout our state to wear a face covering and call on local judicial officials to develop a plan for the eventual resumption of jury trials.

 

On August 5, 2020, Governor Cooper issued an Executive Order No. 155 extending Phase 2 to September 11, 2020.  This order extends the provisions of previous executive orders number 141, 147, and 151. 

 

On July 29, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley extended order 7A-39(b)(2) which extends emergency directives 2-8. This order limits the traffic entering the local courthouse for the protection of staff.  The order expires August 28, 2020.

 

On July 29, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley extended order 7A-39(b)(2) which extends emergency directives 2-8. This order limits the traffic entering the local courthouse for the protection of staff. This Order is effective July 29, 2020 and expires August 28, 2020.

 

On July 28, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No 153 which prohibits the selling or serving of alcoholic beverages between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries. 

 

On July 24, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley extended order 7A-39(b)(2) which extends emergency directives 18. This order states no writ of possession for real property shall be issued unless the magistrate or judge concludes that the property. Order expires on August 23, 2020.

 

On July 20, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley extended order 7A-39(b)(2) which extends emergency directives 9-15, 20. This order states no session of court may be scheduled if doing so would result in members of the public sitting or standing in close proximity and/or for extended periods of time in contravention of current public health guidance. Order expires August 19, 2020.

 

On July 16, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(2) issuing emergency directives 21-22. This order states all persons who are in a court facility are required to wear a face covering while they are in common areas of the facility and when they are interacting with others.

 

On July 16, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 151 extending Phase 2 August 7, 2020. According to Order 151, Executive Order No. 141 shall remain in effect until 5:00 pm on August 7, 2020.

 

On July 02, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 149 reissuing prior executive order on remote shareholder and nonprofit meetings during the COVID-19 state of emergency. 

 

On June 29, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley extended order 7A-39(b)(2) emergency directives 2-8. This order limits the traffic entering the local courthouse for the protection of staff. The order expires July 29, 2020.

On June 29, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley extended order 7A-39(b)(2) emergency directive 18. This emergency directive applies only in summary ejectment actions that are commenced pursuant to Article 3 of Chapter 42 of the General Statutes for nonpayment of rent or other fees or charges. This order expires July 24, 2020.

 

On June 24, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 147 extending Phase 2 to July 17, 2020. This order introduced the new requirements to wearing face coverings. 

 

On June 20, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(2) extending directives 9-16. No session of court may be scheduled if doing would result in members of the public sitting or standing in proximity and/or extended periods of time in contravention of current public health guidance. The order expires July 20, 2020.

 

On June 20, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(2) emergency directive 20. Notwithstanding the time limitation in N.C.G.S. § 42-28, when a plaintiff files a summary ejectment or small claim eviction complaint pursuant to Article 3 or Article 7 of Chapter 42 of the General Statutes and asks to be put in possession of the leased premises, the clerk of superior court shall issue a summons requiring the defendant to appear at a certain time and place not to exceed thirty (30) days from the issuance of the summons to answer the complaint.

 

On June 4, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 143 which addressed the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. 

 

On May 30, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 142 which assisted North Carolinians by placing temporary prohibitions on evictions and extending the prohibition on utility shut offs.

 

On May 30, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(2). This order states all evictions pending in the trial divisions, whether summary ejectment or otherwise, are hereby stayed until 21 June 2020. Sheriffs shall not be required to execute pending writs of possession of real property or make due return of such writs until 30 June 2020. 

 

On May 30, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(2). This order limits the traffic allowed in your local courts.  

 

On May 30, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(1). This order states in any matter in which the deadline to file a notice of appeal fell between 13 March 2020 and 1 June 2020, the deadline for filing such appeal and making any required payment or bond is hereby extended to 30 June 2020.

 

On May 21, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(1). This order extends periods of limitation pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 7A-39(b)(1).

 

On May 21, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(2). This order states no session of court may be scheduled if doing so would result in members of the public sitting or standing in close proximity and/or for extended periods of time in contravention of current public health guidance. This order expires on June 20, 2020.

 

On May 21, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued order 7A-39(b)(2). This order states all superior court and district court proceedings, including proceedings before the clerks of superior court, must be scheduled, or rescheduled for a date no sooner than 1 June 2020. This order expires on May 30, 2020. 

 

On May 20, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 141 which erased restrictions on travel, business operations and mass gatherings. 

 

On May 05, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 138 easing restrictions on travel, business operations and mass gathering in phase 1. 

 

On May 1, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued and order that all court proceeding must be postponed until June 1, 2020 absent limited circumstances including, but not limited to, a the hearing being held remotely, the proceeding involving emergency relief, and a Chief Judge determining that the proceedings can be held safely. 

On April 2, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued and order postponing all court proceedings to June 1, 2020. 

 

On March 19, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order extending filing deadlines and further curtailing other court processes. The order states that documents due to be filed from March 16 to April 17 will be deemed timely filed if received before the close of business on April 17, 2020, and that any actions required to be done during that time can also be postponed until April 17, 2020. This order does not apply to documents and papers due to be filed or acts due to be done in the appellate court

 

On March 15, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley updated her March 13, 2020 announcement and “stressed that while courthouses must remain open, officials must drastically curtail trips to local courts to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and further protect employees of the courts who must still interact with the public.”

On March 13, 2020, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced that effective Monday, March 16, Superior Court and District court proceedings will be rescheduled for at least thirty (30) days, with some exceptions.

Education Law (K-12)

Our partners at Legal Aid of North Carolina's Advocates for Children's Services have developed legal guidance and a parent toolkit concerning the rights of students with disabilities. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.  If you are having problems receiving IEP or related services for your student, please contact our office. 

Parent ToolKit

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Raleigh, NC 27609

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