Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)March 16, 2020 – Published by Robinson Law Firm
COURT SYSTEM’S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
On Tuesday, March 10th, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 116 that declared a State of Emergency to coordinate the State’s response and protective actions to address Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). On Friday, March 13th, President Trump declared COVID-19 a pandemic of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency declaration for all states, tribes and the District of Columbia, and that COVID-19 constitutes a national emergency, effective March 1st. On Saturday, March 14th, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 117 that prohibits public gatherings of more than 100 people; closes public schools until March 30th; and encourages social distancing whenever possible.
On Friday, March 13th, the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court entered an Order that continued all non-emergency superior court and district court date proceedings for a period of 30 days. On Sunday, March 15th, the Chief Justice issued a “Coronavirus Update” memorandum for our courts further detailing the need to reduce foot traffic and presence in all courthouses across the state. These mitigation measures are critical and most effective when implemented early to “flatten the curve” of exposure and spread, and reduce the number of people infected by COVID-19.
THE ROBINSON LAW FIRM’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
The World Health Organization has designated COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic and our North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has urged all North Carolinians to take steps to reduce the spread of infection. In proper response to the emerging public health threat posed by COVID-19, the Chief Justice of our Supreme Court entered an order detailing mitigation measures that are critical to “flatten the curve” of exposure and spread, and reduce the number of people infected by COVID-19. This order requires that our district and superior courts immediately modify the day-to-day operations of our courts. Likewise, The Robinson Law Firm must modify the way it does business on a day-to-day basis to ensure it does its part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The following information will assist you as we modify our day-to-day operations and implement mitigation measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
How Does This Affect My Court Date?
You DO NOT need to appear in court on your scheduled court date, whether it is in district or superior court. For the next 30 days, the court will automatically continue your scheduled court date and the Clerk’s Office will send you written notice of your new court date. We will also send our clients written notice of their new court date. We anticipate that the Chief Justice will re-evaluate and issue further orders as the expiration of this 30-day time period approaches.
Can I Still Meet With Mr. Robinson And Staff Members?
The Robinson Law Firm, like many other businesses in our community, is doing our part to mitigate and stop the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring that we continue to provide unparalleled legal representation to our clients. These efforts include “physical and social distancing” which are proven to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to set convenient times for our clients and prospective clients to meet with Mr. Robinson and staff members. However, we request that these meetings be conducted by phone, FaceTime® or WebEx.® These video conferencing platforms are available to anyone with a smartphone and will suffice until we can return to “in-person meetings.”
If there is a specific and/or emergency need to meet “in-person,” we might consider coming to you rather than bringing you into the office. We are willing to make the appropriate and necessary arrangements to protect you and to protect our staff.
Please keep in mind that you are always welcome to communicate with Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Garcia or Ms. Vaughan via phone or email.
How Do I Get Paperwork To And From The Robinson Law Firm?
We prefer 3 options for the receipt of your documents and paperwork. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org as a first option; by fax at 252.758.0876 as second option; and by U.S. Mail as a third option. We will accept paperwork at the front desk of our offices as the need and urgency of the situation arises. We will continue to use email as the preferred method of forwarding correspondence and documents to you and the U.S. Mail if you do not have an email address.
How Do I Make Payments On My Bill?
We ask that you make payments through our convenient secure online portal “LAWPAY” available on our website. Payments utilizing “LAWPAY” can be made any time. We also accept payments over the phone during regular business hours and accept all major credit and debit cards. If you wish to make cash payments, please contact our offices to make this arrangement.
We recognize these events will undoubtedly cause inconvenience, anxiety and stress. Together, we will persevere through this crisis and its challenges. Thank you for your cooperation, support and understanding. We are here for you!