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.

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Allison, et al. v. Allen, et al. (Unjust Cash Bail)

The federal class-action lawsuit challenges court officials in Alamance County, North Carolina, for violating the constitutional rights of people who are presumed innocent but are confined to jail because they cannot afford to pay bail following their arrest

November 12, 2019 Criminal Law Reform

Solitary Confinement

The ACLU of North Carolina and North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services are representing four people who have spent years locked in solitary confinement in North Carolina prisons in a class-action lawsuit. We are challenging the state’s use of the practice in state Superior Court.

October 16, 2019 Criminal Law Reform

Domestic Violence Protections for LGBTQ People

North Carolina is currently the only state in the nation whose laws that provide protections to survivors of domestic violence do not apply equally to those in same-sex relationships. We are challenging this policy in court on behalf of a survivor of domestic violence.

January 10, 2019 LGBTQ Equality

Due Process for Drivers Who Cannot Afford Traffic Fines

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of North Carolina, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice are suing the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for revoking driver’s licenses of people who cannot afford traffic tickets.

May 29, 2018 Criminal Law Reform

Public Records from State Lawmaker

The ACLU of North Carolina filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Kitty Hawk resident seeking the release of public records from North Carolina Representative Beverly Boswell.

January 25, 2018