After a one-year COVID delay, we will begin construction of GBA’s ninth Habitat house on September 18. In the meantime, we need to raise the rest of the $75,000 we have committed to Habitat for the cost of house. Already GBA members have given $40,078 including the $25,000 anonymous contribution that got us started. In the coming weeks, you will receive an email with a link to a giving page for you to make contributions and volunteer to work on the house. Please be on the lookout for the email. Our goal is to complete the fundraising by May 31 and to have a list of volunteers who have committed to join in the work.
This project adds to our long-standing tradition of sponsoring Habitat houses going back to 1990. Our Habitat work has brought great credit to this Bar Association and provided us with an opportunity to work together in partnership with one another, with the judges who join with us, and with the homeowner families who move from substandard housing to a home of their own and who can then build equity for the future as they pay down their mortgages to Habitat. When you receive the link to the giving page, please give generously so we can meet our fundraising goal going away and be among the first to volunteer for our work on the site.
Dear Members of the Bar,
As you may know, our backlog of cases has grown exponentially due to COVID-19. By not issuing Orders for Arrest (except for good cause) or entering Failures to Appear, it has caused a significant rise in pending cases. In fact, the clerk is running out of space to store pending case files. Files marked as “Failed to Appear” are not stored with pending files, neither are they counted as pending cases for purposes of establishing the number of pending (backlog) cases. Consequently, effective Monday, March 1, 2021, I will have a clerk to classify files that remain at the end of the court session with a “failure to appear” status for defendants that are NOT out of jail on a secured bond.
Teresa H. Vincent
Chief District Court Judge Guilford
North Carolina Judicial Branch