The ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation works in courts and communities across the state to protect civil rights and civil liberties. If you believe your constitutional rights have been violated, you can contact us for legal assistance here.

Below is a list of some of our active and recent legal cases. Amicus briefs filed by the ACLU of North Carolina can be found here.

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Justice 4 the Next Generation et al. v. Johnson, et al.

On October 31, the last day of early voting and same-day voter registration in North Carolina, and three days before the November 2020 General Elections, law enforcement officers planned and orchestrated the violent dispersal of a peaceful and nonpartisan march to a polling place in Graham, North

November 2, 2020

Hallinan v. Scarantino

In response to intensifying COVID-19 outbreaks at the federal prison complex in Butner, North Carolina, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and Winston & Strawn filed a class-action lawsuit against a

October 26, 2020

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic v. Moore

Abortion providers in North Carolina and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective filed litigation on September 3, 2020, challenging several medically unnecessary abortion restrictions that have pushed abortion out of reach in the state and stigmatized essential health care.  

September 3, 2020 Reproductive Freedom

ACLU of North Carolina v Charlotte (Public Records)

UPDATE: On August 13, 2020, Mecklenburg Superior Court Judge Casey Viser made a preliminary decision not to compel the immediate release of public records. We will continue to fight to ensure these records are eventually made public.

August 3, 2020

NAACP Charlotte v. City of Charlotte (Protest Rights)

In response to a lawsuit filed by civil rights advocates, journalists, and protesters, a North Carolina Superior Court judge granted a temporary restraining order forcing the City of Charlotte to halt the use of force against peaceful demonstrators.

July 13, 2020

Chambers v. State of NC (Voting Access Amid COVID-19)

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Sullivan & Cromwell filed a lawsuit challenging absentee ballot witness requirements that needlessly put North Carolinians at risk of exposure to COVID-19.

July 10, 2020