Court Date Notifications and Reminders for Criminal Cases via Text and Email Launching October 15

Next week, the N.C. Judicial Branch will launch a new court date notification service allowing anyone to quickly and easily subscribe to up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders via email or SMS / text messages. Subscribers will be immediately notified of court date, room, or session changes, as well as upcoming court date reminders seven days and one day in advance of the court date.

The court date notifications system is the latest addition to the suite of online services offered as part of eCourts, the larger initiative to modernize the North Carolina court system.

Further information will be shared next week on the Judicial Branch web and social media sites, and the AOC will send a news release statewide.

Anyone can subscribe to court notifications for criminal cases at www.NCcourts.gov/services. To subscribe, a user must provide the following requirements:

  • A valid North Carolina criminal court case number
  • The county in which the case was recorded
  • Valid contact information (email address or cell phone number)
  • Agree to the terms of use

Subscribing to notifications for more than one case is allowed, however, it must be done individually for each case. When subscribing to notifications, the potential subscriber will receive an initial opt-in message. For both email and SMS / text messages, the user must opt in to confirm.

Once opted in for a court case, subscribers will receive a message anytime the criminal court date, room, or session changes. Subscribers also will receive reminder messages seven and one calendar day(s) prior to the scheduled court date. Once subscribers have opted in for notifications on a court case, they will remain opted in until they opt out. If a case is closed / disposed and they have not manually opted out, they will remain subscribed to that case, such that if it is reopened in the future and the court date / time / session is changed, they will resume getting notifications.

Court notifications are convenience notifications only and not legal notices. Subscribers are responsible for appearing in court on the scheduled date if they are required to do so, regardless of whether they have received any email or text notifications. Notifications for a given case are dependent on the local processes and any data entered in the county courthouse for that case.

Weekly Bar Briefs, 10-9-2018

Dear Bar members,

This Wednesday’s luncheon features a forum with appellate judge candidates and our Bar Councilor election. On Thursday there is a swearing in ceremony at 4pm,  a reception for new attorneys at 5pm, and an information session on the state constitutional amendments at 7pm.  All upcoming events can be found on our calendar.


Recent Bar News

Court Date Notifications and Reminders for Criminal Cases via Text and Email Launching October 15  

Posted on October 12th, 2018 by Bar Administrator  

Next week, the N.C. Judicial Branch will launch a new court date notification service allowing anyone to quickly and easily subscribe to up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders via email or SMS / text messages. Subscribers will be immediately notified of court date, room, or session changes, as well as upcoming court date reminders seven days Read more


US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to Hear Oral Arguments in Cherokee  

Posted on October 8th, 2018 by Bar Administrator  

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will make history by holding oral arguments for the first time in Indian Country, at the Cherokee Court on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina. Slated for review are three very different cases so, no matter what your practice Read more


New Attorneys Learn Professional Ethics in CLE  

Posted on October 8th, 2018 by Bar Administrator  

Eleven new attorneys spent two days listening to state and local Bar leaders last week, and the required continuing education seminar earned excellent marks from attendees. In this photo, Young Lawyers Division members discuss “Pitfalls in the First Year of Practice.”


From Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Alan Z. Thornburg  

Posted on October 8th, 2018 by Bar Administrator  

To Members of the 28th Judicial District Bar: Please make plans to attend the swearing in ceremony for our Bar’s newest attorneys. Show your support and help them get off to a good start here in the 28th on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 4pm in the fifth floor courtroom. Honorable Alan Z. Thornburg, Senior Read more



Recent Member News

Death Across Faith Traditions  

Posted on October 11th, 2018 by Robert Deutsch  

Death Across Faith Traditions is a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 17 from 7-9PM on the AB-Tech campus at ELM 214. Attorney Robert Deutsch and several others will explore death, dying and the soul from several faith traditions, including Buddhist, Contemplative, Hindu, and traditional Indigenous perspectives.


Making the Most of Mediation CLE  

Posted on October 11th, 2018 by McGuire, Wood & Bissette P.A.  

Mediation is a key part of the pretrial process in federal and state courts in North Carolina. Experienced counsel know that mediation is frequently the fulcrum point where litigants pivot from contentiousness to a negotiated settlement. A range of critical areas will be discussed including preparation for mediation, techniques and pointers for negotiation, working effectively Read more


New Admittee Luncheon - WNC Chapter, NCAWA  

Posted on October 9th, 2018 by Senta Rhodes  

The WNC Chapter of the NCAWA invites the 28th Judicial Bar to our annual New Admittee Luncheon where we will welcome our new admittees to the North Carolina bar by treating them to lunch at our October meeting. The luncheon will be held on October 17th at Pack’s Tavern at 20 S. Spruce St., Asheville, Read more


Have You Used Your Benefits This Year?  

Posted on October 8th, 2018 by Bar Administrator  

Did you know that all lawyers and judges in the 28th Judicial District are eligible for 3 free executive wellness coaching sessions for lawyers or 3 free mental health care sessions with a local therapist this calendar year? If you have not yet used your 2018 BarCARES benefits, call BarCARES at 800-640-0735 during business hours. Read more


McGuire Wood & Bissette Attorneys Rebecca Crandall and Matt Roberson 2018 40 Under Forty Honorees  

Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by McGuire, Wood & Bissette P.A.  

Congratulations to Rebecca Crandall and Matt Roberson on being honored at The Biltmore Beacon’s 40 under Forty Leadership Awards Gala. For a great slideshow of all the award recipients click here. The award “continues to acknowledge individuals who truly stand out in the community,” said Jonathan Key, president and publisher of Mountaineer Publishing Inc. “It shines Read more



Recent Classifieds

Business Transactional Associate Attorney  

Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by The Van Winkle Law Firm  

Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A. is seeking a transactional business associate to join its Business Practice Group. Newly admitted attorneys, as well as those with 1-4 years’ experience are welcome to apply. The ideal candidate will have some relevant transactional experience (including entity selection and formation, contract drafting, mergers and acquisitions, and Read more


Associate Attorney Needed  

Posted on September 28th, 2018 by James Kilbourne  

Associate attorney position: Growing, well-established, AV-rated law firm in Asheville is seeking an Associate Attorney to assist with construction, business, and real estate litigation. Successful candidates must have strong argument and writing skills. They will be expected to work well both independently and within a team. Ideal candidates are proficient with paperless systems, have an Read more


Seeking Real Estate Title Paralegal  

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by Roberts & Stevens  

Asheville law firm with thriving residential and commercial real estate practice seeks full-time, experienced real estate title paralegal to join its team. Candidate must be a critical thinker with an eye for detail and have excellent written and verbal communication abilities and workload management skills. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package offered. Send resume to Read more



Upcoming Events

New Admittee Luncheon - WNC Chapter, NCAWA  2018-10-17

New Admittee Luncheon- WNC Chapter, NCAWA When: October 17, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. Where: Pack’s Tavern, 20 S. Spruce St. Asheville, NC, 28801 Please email Rhodes@gtalaw.net for questions  


Executive Committee meeting  2018-11-05

The Executive Committee of the 28th Judicial District Bar meets monthly to approve programs, spending and events for the entire Bar.  Meetings are open to the public, but seats are limited. Please contact Bar Administrator Lisa-Gaye Hall at admin@28thJDB.com if you wish to attend, or have an item for the agenda.


Making the Most of Mediation CLE  2018-11-09

Description This seminar is for attorneys who represent clients at mediation. It features experienced attorneys and mediators offering practice tips and strategies for effective advocacy at the mediated settlement conference. Sponsored by The Mediation Center Mediation is a key part of the pretrial process in federal and state courts in North Carolina. Experienced counsel know Read more


November Bar Luncheon  2018-11-14

Join us for a great buffet lunch and an entertaining program. The luncheon takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Asheville. Lunch is $15 for members and $25 for guests, and an RSVP is required. Seating is limited; sign up below. Members of the 28th are always welcome to attend the business meeting, Read more


Executive Committee meeting  2018-12-03

The Executive Committee of the 28th Judicial District Bar meets monthly to approve programs, spending and events for the entire Bar.  Meetings are open to the public, but seats are limited. Please contact Bar Administrator Lisa-Gaye Hall at admin@28thJDB.com if you wish to attend, or have an item for the agenda.


Holiday Party & Toy Drive  2018-12-14

Reserve your tickets now for the annual Bar Holiday Party & Toy Drive on Friday, December 14,  beginning at 5:30pm. At the event, we collect toys for Santa Pal and food for Manna Food Bank. (We will also accept cash or checks for these organizations.) Our party begins with cocktails and appetizers at 5:30 at Read more


US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to Hear Oral Arguments in Cherokee

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will make history by holding oral arguments for the first time in Indian Country, at the Cherokee Court on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Slated for review are three very different cases so, no matter what your practice area may be, at least one of these cases should be of interest to you. The first case is the criminal matter of United States v. Jesmene Lockhart, which presents the issue of whether the court’s failure to advise the defendant of a possible mandatory minimum at his plea hearing was plain error and grounds for the defendant to withdraw his guilty plea when he was advised that the maximum sentence he faced was 10 years but was later subjected to a mandatory 15 year minimum sentence.

The second case, EEOC v. McLeod Health, an employment discrimination case, raises the issue of whether a grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant was lawful where the plaintiff, a long-term employee of the defendant, made factual allegations that the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring medical examinations pertaining to her known congenital disability.

Finally, the third matter, Charles Finch v. Timothy McKoy, is a post-conviction action where the petitioner (a former death row inmate) contends he is factually innocent of murder where the eyewitness identification of him was unreliable, and further, offered alleged new evidence to show that the victim was killed with a weapon different than the shotgun originally charged.

Seating for these arguments will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and is expected to fill up quickly so plan on arriving early.

Have You Used Your Benefits This Year?

Did you know that all lawyers and judges in the 28th Judicial District are eligible for 3 free executive wellness coaching sessions for lawyers or 3 free mental health care sessions with a local therapist this calendar year? If you have not yet used your 2018 BarCARES benefits, call BarCARES at 800-640-0735 during business hours. The program coordinator will take your confidential call. You can specifically request 3 sessions with Laura Mahr, a local attorney and resilience coach, or ask for a referral to a participating licensed therapist. You do not need to give any specifics other than your name and bar number to access your benefits. To find out more about BarCARES, visit https://www.ncbar.org/members/barcares/. To find out more about Laura’s mindfulness and neuroscience-based resilience coaching for lawyers, visit consciouslegalminds.com

New Attorneys Learn Professional Ethics in CLE

Eleven new attorneys spent two days listening to state and local Bar leaders last week, and the required continuing education seminar earned excellent marks from attendees. In this photo, Young Lawyers Division members discuss “Pitfalls in the First Year of Practice.”