Superior Court Judge Norlan Graves has canceled next week’s session of superior court due to the increased spread of COVID-19 in Halifax County.
The decision to cancel court comes as the Halifax County Health Department today released a state map which shows the county is second in the state for total COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days — from December 27 through Sunday.
Denise Cherry, court manager for Graves, said the clerk’s office will attempt to send notices to all unrepresented defendants.
If you are a victim or witness in a pending criminal superior court case contact the district attorney’s office at 252-593-3010.
All defendants represented by counsel scheduled to appear the week of January 18 should communicate with their attorneys for their next court date.
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Meanwhile, Halifax County Health Director Bruce Robistow said mask-wearing, particularly in Roanoke Rapids “has all but fallen off. Mask complacency can take some responsibility for the excessive number of cases designating Halifax County as the second worst in the state.”
The health director said, “Until more people get vaccinated our only line of defense is masking to protect each other.”
He said the decision to close superior court next week is all linked to the number of cases in the county.
He said, however, “I have all confidence that a unified response by all Halifax County citizens can lead us to a safer and less infectious county.”