NC CITIZENS FOR
Protecting the citizens of North Carolina by ensuring transparency and open government.
NC Citizens for Transparent Government, Inc. is committed to ensuring that North Carolina government actors adhere to open meetings and public records laws; be transparent with the public, media, fellow government officials, and staff; and have systems in place to correct any failures in transparency if and when they occur.
On September 29, 2022, Judge James Webb entered an order finding that the open meetings lawsuit we filed was barred by a 45-day statute of limitations.
With due respect to Judge Webb, we strongly believe the 45-day limit doesn’t apply to our lawsuit. That provision of the law applies to lawsuits asking a court to overturn an action, which we aren’t doing. On October 4, we filed a Notice of Appeal so the N.C. Court of Appeals can answer this legal question, which is critical to anyone in North Carolina interested in government transparency.
Judge Webb’s order is significant not only for what it says, but also for what it doesn’t say. Judge Webb did not say that the defendants complied with the open meetings law or that their actions were appropriate.
NC Citizens for Transparent Government remains confident in our claims under the open meetings law and looks forward to the opportunity to ultimately have those issues decided.
We are grateful to be represented by the Duke First Amendment Clinic and Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC in this important open government case.