The Democratic National Convention is expected to bring heated protests to uptown Charlotte, and Eyewitness News found out the Mecklenburg County courthouse will be making some changes during that time.
The court will be closed on Labor Day, DNC kickoff day. The Clerk’s Office and Trial Court Administrator’s Offices will be open the rest of the week and the courthouse will remain open to the public.
No trials will be scheduled for that week. The courthouse will be routing people through one entrance instead of two during that time.
Visitors to the courthouse will only be able to enter through the main entrance at 4th Street and McDowell Street. The 4th Street Parking Deck will remain open and accessible to court staff and the public during the entire week.
Other court services, from marriage licenses to real estate transactions, will still be available.
Maria Boyd works for a law firm in Charlotte and she agrees with the limited access.
Boyd said doing business that week, in crowds as intense as it will be during the DNC, may be more trouble than it's worth. Her office will more than likely shut its doors that week as well.
"They're really considering just closing, or working from home," she said.. "There's always something to do, so we're going to work from home."