Carteret County Courthouse closed through Wednesday for cleaning

The Carteret County Courthouse will be closed Monday through Wednesday for COVID-19 cleaning. (News-Times photo)

This story was updated at 8:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, to add more information.

BEAUFORT — Court rooms and the county clerk’s office of the Carteret County Courthouse in Beaufort will be closed at least through Wednesday for cleaning after a member of the courthouse judicial staff tested positive for COVID-19.

All sessions of district civil and criminal and superior civil and criminal court are canceled, according to the website ncccourts.gov. Signs are reportedly posted at the courthouse entrance with information.

Clerk of Court Ken Raper told the News-Times he made the decision after discussions with County Health Director Stephanie Cannon and the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. The courthouse offices will be closed until a deep clean of the spaces can be conducted and all staff can be tested for COVID-19.

Mr. Raper has 23 staff under his direction, but said he was also concerned for the safety of other members of the judicial staff. 

The courthouse closure will last until at least Wednesday, but could extend the entire week, according to Mr. Raper. A decision will be made by Tuesday afternoon.

A county representative said the courthouse will remain open for county government business.

The state courts’ website provides an alternate filing location as the magistrate’s office at 308 Craven St. in Beaufort and an alternate filing contact number at 252-504-4540.

 

(previous report)

BEAUFORT — Court rooms and the county clerk’s office of the Carteret County Courthouse in Beaufort will be closed Monday through Wednesday for COVID-19 cleaning, according to nccourts.gov.

The website states all sessions of district civil and criminal and superior civil and criminal court are canceled. Signs are reportedly posted at the courthouse entrance with information.

A county representative said the courthouse will remain open for county government business.

The state courts’ website provides an alternate filing location as the magistrate’s office at 308 Craven St. in Beaufort and an alternate filing contact number at 252-504-4540.

The courthouse is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday. 

(2) comments

mpjeep

Good deal. I served on a 4 week jury trial in May of 2019 and the place kinda needed cleaning.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

No amount of cleaning will remove the rank fouling present at the courthouse. There are decades of stale corruption that cannot be washed away. Covid isn't the only risk existing at the courthouse.

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