The North Carolina State Bar issued a Report on Secure Leave Policy at the October 2021 meeting of the State Bar Council. The report is available here.
The State Bar Council’s interest in the secure leave policies arises from the nexus between the availability of secure leave, attorney wellbeing, and the competency of practicing trial attorneys. As explained in the report, the study was undertaken to determine how well the current secure leave rules are working; how the current rules might be improved; what adverse impacts the current rules have on our state trial and appellate courts; and whether secure leave could be designated through a central statewide clearing registry. The report is the product of nine months of careful study by a subcommittee that included gathering input from many sources including judges, judicial officials, and AOC administrators.