Entries by CriminalJustice

The N.C. Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice

By Shana Fulton This blog post summarizes some of the recent activities of the newly formed North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (“TREC”) chaired by N.C. Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls and N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein. The TREC consists of 24 individuals representing policy makers, civil rights advocates, judges, defense […]

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 […]

Justice Beasley Continues Trial Court Deadlines into June

By Daniel Adams and Kasi Robinson On April 13, 2020, Chief Justice Beasley issued another order further extending certain District and Superior Court filing deadlines and limitations periods into June 2020.  Until this order was issued, these deadlines were set to expire this Friday, April 17, pursuant to Justice Beasley’s March 19 order. The key […]

COVID-19 Criminal Justice Update (Apr. 1, 2020)

By Daniel Adams  With coronavirus infections multiplying exponentially around the globe, countries, states, and localities are taking action to slow the spread. This update does not attempt to recount all that has changed since my last post. In particular, I do not catalogue all the state and local stay-at-home orders that have been enacted—though the […]

Judicial Updates on COVID-19

By Daniel Adams  Criminal Justice Section members should pay close attention to rapidly developing guidance from state and federal courts concerning COVID-19. The most recent guidance is summarized below, and the relevant orders are linked. Please also check with your local courts to track developments affecting you and your clients; as of 11:00 a.m. Monday, March […]