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Hurricane Florence Is Causing Court Closures In the Carolinas
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Hurricane Florence Is Causing Court Closures In the Carolinas

Please Stay Safe Out There!

At OPENonline, we are closely monitoring Hurricane Florence. It is expected to make landfall in the southeastern United States early on Friday, September 14, 2018. We sincerely hope for everyone’s safety as the storm passes through.

The anticipated severity of the storm is causing several court closures in the Carolinas, according to a press release from the North Carolina Judicial Branch and a memo from the South Carolina Judicial Department.

In North Carolina, Hurricane Florence is affecting courthouses across the state, closing numerous offices, affecting sessions, and causing changes in hours of operation across the state. Follow the latest courthouse closings, and updates by the county at

Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina has declared a state of emergency and Hurricane Florence canceled proceedings in the Supreme, Circuit, and Family Courts, as well as the Court of Appeals, beginning on September 11, 2018, and closed multiple state government offices. This cancellation shall continue until the Governor reopens state government offices in the affected counties.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered state government offices open on September 12, 2018, in other counties. Court proceedings should resume as scheduled in these counties. For the status of county offices, visit the State Emergency Management Division website at

The court closures will also affect and delay the completion of background screenings reports in the affected areas.

Should you desire updates on the status and location of Hurricane Florence, the National Weather Service will be providing the latest and most accurate information on Hurricane Florence. The National Weather Service has also compiled resources on evacuations, shelters, and resources here.

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