New Order Issued by Chief Justice Paul Newby

Dear Bar Members,

Chief Justice Paul Newby issued a new order today amending the order of May 10, 2021. Citing revised guidance on face coverings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amendment eliminates Emergency Directive 21 (face coverings in court facilities). Decisions about face coverings in courthouse facilities are left to the informed discretion of local court officials. Disagreements among local court officials over face covering requirements should be referred to the senior resident superior court judge for resolution. The remaining Emergency Directives in the May 10 order will remain in effect until the order expires on June 6, 2021.

Read the full order here: 14 May 2021 Modification of 10 May 2021 7A-39(b)(2) Order Extending Emergency Directives.pdf.