Clerk's Filing Responsibilities
Whenever the clerk's office is closed to the public during normal business hours, for any reason, the clerk must arrange a place where filings may be made and payments received, for as long as it is safe to do so. A notice must be posted where any person reaching the courthouse may easily see it, advising where documents may be filed or whom to contact to effect a filing.
The duty to effect filings ceases when catastrophic conditions prevail. When catastrophic conditions cease and it is again possible to effect filings, the clerk must immediately notify the Chief Justice of the dates on which catastrophic conditions began and ended. The Chief Justice may then enter an order extending the time within which pleadings, motions, notices, and other documents may be filed, and other actions timely done, to a date not less that 10 days after the catastrophic conditions ceased to exist. G.S. 7A-39.