COURT SYSTEM’S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
On March 13th, 2020 the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court entered an Order that continues all non-emergency superior court and district court date proceedings for a period of 30 days. The Chief Justice also issued a “Coronavirus Update” memorandum for our courts further detailing the need to reduce personal attendance in all courthouses across the state. The Chief Justice’s order details mitigation measures related to COVID-19 and requires that our district and superior courts immediately modify the day-to-day operations of our courts.
Governor Cooper has subsequently issued a “shelter in place” order effective for North Carolina through April 30, 2020. Although The Law Office of Matthew J. Davenport is considered “essential,” we are modifying the way we conduct business on a day-to-day basis to ensure we do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The following information will assist you:
How Does This Affect Pending Court Dates? Clients DO NOT need to appear in court on their scheduled court date, whether it is in district or superior court. For the next 30 days, the court will automatically continue scheduled court dates and we will continue to send our clients written notice of their new court date. The Clerk’s Office might also send written notice of the 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 Speak With Mr. Davenport And Staff Members?
Absolutely you can. The Law Office of Matthew J. Davenport is doing our part to mitigate and stop the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring that we continue to provide the best legal representation to our clients. These efforts include “physical and social distancing” which are proven to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, all appointments with Mr. Davenport will be via phone during this time, and we will continue to set convenient times for our clients and prospective clients to speak with Mr. Davenport.
Please keep in mind that you are always welcome to call the office during our temporary business hours during this time, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Friday, or you can communicate with Mr. Davenport, Katie or Morgan via phone or email.
Mr. Davenport’s email is email@example.com
Katie Motola’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Morgan Greene’s email is email@example.com
How Do I Send And Receive Paperwork With The Law Office Of Matthew Davenport? We have three options for sending and receiving documents and paperwork during this time. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org as a first option; by fax at 252.830.4066 as second option; and by U.S. Mail as a third option. 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? We ask that you make payments one of two ways: you can send check or money order by mail. Or you can pay by credit or debit card (we accept all major credit and debit cards). Please do so by contacting our office by email or by phone during our 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. weekday hours. A representative of our office will send you a credit card authorization form for you to sign and return, then we will contact you by phone to complete the payment.
We recognize these events cause inconvenience and worry, but together, we will persevere through this crisis and its challenges. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We are here to serve you and we continue managing your cases and court dates and working for you.
Please stay safe and healthy!