Chief Justice's Emergency Directives Extended 30 Days

Posted By: Jon Lowder Blog ,

North Carolina Chief Justice Beasely has extended her emergency directives for another 30 days, with a new expiration of September 14, 2020. One of those directives, Emergency Directive 20, allows clerks of court to issue a summons requiring a defendant in a summary ejectment case to appear in 30 days, versus the normal seven days. Here's a link to a PDF copy of the extension and below is the language for the directive:

Emergency Directive 20
Notwithstanding the time limitation in N.C.G.S. § 42-28, when a plaintiff files a summary ejectment or small claim eviction complaint pursuant to Article 3 or Article 7 of Chapter 42 of the General Statutes and asks to be put in possession of the leased premises, the clerk of superior court shall issue a summons requiring the defendant to appear at a certain time and place not to exceed 30 days from the issuance of the summons to answer the complaint.