I handle traffic cases in Durham, Granville, Wake, Orange and Chatham Counties. In Durham, Granville, and Wake, I can go to court for you on your court date and most likely take care of it that day. They do things a little different in Orange and Chatham Counties. In Orange and Chatham Counties, which are part of the same judicial district (District 15B), they do all the minor traffic cases in which the defendants have lawyers on an administrative day, also called “lawyer’s day.” That’s the third Wednesday of every month in Orange, and the second Thursday of every month in Chatham.
This is the process in Orange County: After being retained, your lawyer goes to the Clerk of Court and asks them to place the case on an upcoming lawyer’s day.
This is the way they do it in Chatham County: Traffic court is the 1st Thursday of every month. Folks who don’t have lawyers can show up then and resolve their cases on their own. The left-over cases, which would include cases in which the defendants have hired lawyers, are automatically continued over to the next Thursday — lawyer’s day — when lawyers show up and take care of the cases for which they have been retained.
So, if you retain me (or any other lawyer) for a minor traffic case in Orange or Chatham County, we will not resolve your case on the court date printed on the ticket. Rather, we will resolve it on lawyer’s day.