Guilford County (Continued)
From: Wallace, Stephanie M. Stephanie.M.Wallace@nccourts.org
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 12:20 PM
Subject: Letter from Judge Vincent
Good morning members of the Civil/Domestic Bar,
I hope you are well considering the unprecedented times we are currently living in. I know that many of you are interested in remote hearings.
At this time, we are working on a remote hearings policy and an administrative order that should be completed by the end of the week. I have already scheduled a meeting with the judges to ensure that we have a consensus regarding the policy.
The tentative plan is to begin scheduling remote hearings for May 2020. In addition, we will likely schedule the court hearings in accordance with the age of the case and by request of attorneys (similar to special settings). In addition, you can expect strict limitations for: the type of remote hearings that will be heard; the amount of documents that must be submitted in advance of the hearing; and the time allotted for the hearing.
Among other matters that are conducive to short hearings, you can expect that we will likely specify temporary custody hearings, child support and/or post separation cases as eligible for remote hearings. The policy will likely require that evidence be submitted forty-eight hours prior to the hearing and a pre-trial hearing in advance of the hearing to ensure that everyone is clear about the status of the case and prepared to proceed. However, remote hearings will likely be heard only for cases wherein attorneys and litigants agree to remote hearings.
Please keep in mind that this is merely a forecast of how we will proceed with remote hearings. Again, I am hopeful that I will have a finalized policy by the end of the week. Thank you for your patience and cooperation with the courts during this difficult time.
Teresa H. Vincent
Chief District Court Judge
North Carolina Judicial Branch
Justice for all
Effective Monday, March 16th, we will not be holding court unless there is an emergency situation for District Court Civil matters in Guilford County. Courtroom 2-B will operate as normal with regard to Ex Parte 50-B/50-C and their returns. Therefore, all other Civil matters, trials and motions, currently scheduled to be heard from Monday, March 16th, 2020 through Friday, May 29, 2020 in District Court will be postponed. If you believe your matter falls under an emergency circumstance, such as requesting a Civil Temporary Restraining Order, Exparte Custody please contact Stephanie Wallace (Greensboro) at Stephanie.M.Wallace@nccourts.org or Margaret Vongsoumphou email@example.com ; ( High Point) Patricia.M.Dixon@nccourts.org for direction and scheduling concerns.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and for your cooperation/patience during this time as we work through the next few weeks on rescheduling matters in Guilford County District Court.
Stephanie M. Wallace
Trial Court Coordinator
18th Judicial District/ District Court Judges
PO Box 3008
Greensboro NC 27402
North Carolina Judicial Branch
Justice for all
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Guilford County Amends Stay At Home Order
Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point to announce countywide 'stay home' order.
See below concerning High Point Civil Court hearings and court dates. Please do not worry about your case. Your lead counsel with Woodruff Family Law Group is working very hard at this moment to look for the best alternatives to suggest to you. If you have a court date already planned for the remainder of March or April, we will be handling those situations first, and your lead counsel from Woodruff Family Law Group will be in touch with you.
Due to Civil District Court closing until the month of April 16, 2020, High Point will not have calendar call on March 27, 2020 for the April session. All the cases that were scheduled for the April session have been continued to May 04, 2020 session with calendar call being April 30, 2020 @ 9:00am in courtroom 3-A.
With this being said, you will need to be in court for calendar call on April 30, 2020 @ 9:00am to have your case set for the May session.
If you have a Divorce case scheduled in the High Point for any date prior to April 27, 2020 it has been rescheduled to be heard at 9:00 am in courtroom 3-A on April 27, 2020.
The High Point Pro-Se cases that have been scheduled prior to April 28, 20,20 have been rescheduled to be heard at 9:00am in courtroom 3-A on April 28, 2020.
03/17/2020Modified Child Custody Mediation Procedures
During the Corona Virus Precaution Period
(to be in place until future notice)
By Order of the Chief District Court Judge for the Eighteenth Judicial District, due to the public health risks of the COVID-19 outbreak, the following modified procedures for Child Custody Mediation shall be in effect until further notice:
Custody Mediation Orientation. In-person Custody Mediation Orientation sessions are temporarily suspended until further notice. During this temporary period, parties may complete the court-approved online Orientation offered by the NC Administrative Office of the Courts. No other online custody mediation orientation program will be accepted.
To register for the court-approved online Orientation, please contact the Custody Mediation Administrator at (336) 412-7815 or at Michele.G.McRae@nccourts.org for more information.
Parties who had registered for a previously scheduled in-person Orientation Session should complete the online Orientation in order to avoid unnecessary delay of their Custody Mediation.
Parties who have not completed the court-approved online Orientation will receive notice to appear at a later session once in-person sessions resume
Parent Education Class. In the event that in-person classes are temporarily suspended by the third-party provider for any of the court-approved parent education classes, parties may complete the online course, Two Families Now by IrisEd (www.twofamiliesnow.com).
To register for the court-approved online class, please contact the Custody Mediation Administrator at (336) 412-7815 or at Michele.G.McRae@nccourts.org for more information.
Custody Mediation Sessions. Custody Mediation sessions will continue to be held as scheduled by the Custody Mediation Office until further notice. Parties will participate remotely by teleconference/videoconference and these appointments will be made by the Custody Mediation office.
If your case is in Guilford County, please find below the **Amended** Administrative Order of our Chief Judge Vincent. Please feel free to email questions to your lead counsel concerning your particular case. We are on top of this.
If your case is in Guilford County, please find attached the Administrative Order of our Chief Judge Vincent. Please feel free to email questions to your lead counsel concerning your particular case. We are on top of this.