ACLU of NC Legal Cases

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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NAACP Alamance v. Peterman (Protest Rights)

The ACLU together with a coalition of civil rights groups filed an emergency lawsuit against the city of Graham, North Carolina, seeking to immediately block a city ordinance that the government used to suppress protests against racism, police brutality, and white supremacy.

July 2, 2020 Free Speech Racial Justice

NC NAACP v. Cooper (Rights of Incarcerated People)

The ACLU of North Carolina, Disability Rights North Carolina, Emancipate NC, Forward Justice, and the National Juvenile Justice Network filed a lawsuit in Superior Court to ensure that the Governor and other public officials take further action to stop the deadly spread of COVID-19.

April 21, 2020 Criminal Law Reform

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 LGBTQIA+ Equality