January 26, 2007
Mecklenburg County and the
North Carolina Court System will host a public dedication ceremony and open house to celebrate the new Mecklenburg County Courthouse.
- Friday, February 9
- 10 a.m.
- New Mecklenburg County Courthouse Atrium
- 832 East Fourth Street in Charlotte
The ceremony will include remarks by N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, and Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairman Parks Helms. The event will be hosted by Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jennifer Roberts. The ceremony will include performances by students from the Northwest School of the Arts, Garinger High School, and Myers Park High School. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office Color Guard will present the colors. There will also be a dedication of the artwork and a recitation of quotations etched into the granite walls outside. Sheriff Jim Pendergraph will lead the ceremonial opening of court, along with Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Robert P. Johnston and Chief District Court Judge Fritz Y. Mercer, Jr.
The courthouse will be open to the public for the remainder of the day for self-guided tours. While court will NOT be in session on February 9, the courthouse will be open for business, including the Clerk of Court's office and Trial Court Administrator's Office.
After ten years of planning and three years of construction, the nine-story courthouse will house all of Mecklenburg County's courts in a single building for the first time since 1970. The courthouse cost $148 million and has 35 finished courtrooms. An additional twelve courtrooms can be fitted out as the need arises.
To download a floor directory and building guide to the new Mecklenburg County Courthouse, click
To download a transition guide, click
Facts and Figures:
District Administrative Courtroom
The innovative new Administrative Court is designed to efficiently process many routine cases. Visitors can talk to a district attorney in private, enter a disposition and pay the fine all in one large room on the first floor.
Larry King's Clubhouse: Children's Play and Care Center
Located on Level 2, this space is designated as free, drop-in child care for the children of parents who have court business, including jurors. The center accommodates 12 children and has the potential to serve up to 29 in the future. It features a secure outdoor play area.
Located on the Fifth Level in the middle of the building, this space is open to the sky above. It provides outdoor seating and fresh air to visitors and staff without leaving the building to access it.
Located on the Fourth Level, jurors enjoy this inviting two-story space that affords a relaxing, panoramic view of Marshall Park. The new space accommodates 221 jurors through a combination of auditorium chairs, lounge seating, and café tables. The space allows wireless and hard-line access to the Internet, and three large screen televisions that can each show different movies to alleviate boredom as jurors wait to be seated for a trial. In the new Juror Business Center, jurors can utilize six computers and access to printing, copying, and faxing to conduct business while waiting. This area may also be used to make business calls throughout the day.
Natural sunlight floods the expansive halls. Room signs extend into the hallway over the doors to offices and courtrooms, permitting quick and easy viewing. Visitors will no longer have to stand in the hallways while waiting for trials or hearings as mounted benches line the walls outside the courtrooms.
Natural light flows into each courtroom. Courtrooms feature thick doors and a vestibule to eliminate hallway noise. An infrared beam will assist the hard of hearing and those who need interpretation through headphone receivers. Three courtrooms, including Business Court, feature a document imaging and video conferencing equipment.