Attorney raises money for masks to help courthouse stay safe

Attorney raises money for masks to help courthouse stay safe

CHARLOTTE — Courts will be able to hear more cases June 1 in Mecklenburg County, which is a big deal for families who are waiting on a ruling or to have their cases to be settled.

Officials with the courthouse have taken measures to keep people safe and prevent the spreading of COVID-19.

Judge Donnie Hoover tested positive for the virus a month ago, and he thinks he got it from inside the courthouse, which he said was the only place he interacted with people.

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As the courthouse gets busier next month, the Mecklenburg County Family Law Bar wants to lessen the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

A family law attorney wants to help make that happen.

“We will be purchasing masks available for the public to use,” attorney Katie Miller said. “That's the first part of the initiative, working with court judge, working with judges to see what other needs there might be – hand sanitizer for the court room, anything to get people back to court and get their cases moving.”

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Miller raised enough money to buy 7,000 masks.

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“By end of yesterday, $5,000. Today up to $6,000,” she said. “We are excited about the efforts that everyone around the county is doing to make this a possibility.”

However, there are between 70,000 and 80,000 people who go in and out of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse and that’s during a normal month.

So, Miller wants to raise more money for masks.

If you would like to help, you can email Miller.

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