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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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

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

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