Return to In-Person Hearings – NOT

Given the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Buncombe County, Judges Dotson-Smith and Dray have decided to return to all Webex hearings for their respective terms for the weeks of 8/9 and 8/16.

We have not held calendar call for Judge Scott’s 8/23 term yet, but I expect he will do the same. We’ll send out notice later this year when we hopefully return to some in-person hearings.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me or your supervisor.

Thank you again for your patience and for your continued advocacy!

Be well and stay safe, Coby

PREVIOUS STATEMENT: Starting this week, Judge Scott’s July 12th term, our juvenile court will be transitioning to 2 days of in-person hearings at the courthouse while continuing to hold 2 days of Webex virtual hearings. Our other two judges will be following suit and this will be how things are calendared at least for a few months. The use of Webex hearings has been codified into NC statutes and will still be used for some cases (involving out of state parties) even after we return to in-person hearings 4 days a week. All three judges have set their calendars utilizing this split appearance arrangement and below is what they have decided:
* Judge Scott: In-Person (Tuesdays and Wednesdays); Webex (Thursdays and Fridays)
* Judge Dotson-Smith: In-Person (Tuesdays and Fridays); Webex (Wednesdays and Thursdays)
*Judge Dray: In-Person (Tuesdays and Wednesdays); Webex (Thursdays and Fridays)

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