Thursday, December 8, 2011

Court Proceedings Will Stop During DNC 2012

When the Democratic National Convention (DNC) 2012 comes to Charlotte next September, the state court process will stop and there will not be any criminal or civil trials during that time. 

"Most officers will be on the street during the convention," District Attorney Andrew Murray, said. "We won't have police officers available that week as witnesses to try cases."

Police will be busy providing security when an estimated 35,000 people descend on our city. The visitors will include delegates, protesters, supporters and 15,000+ journalists.

At the federal courthouse uptown, court officials aren't postponing all trials because of the convention but they plan to limit the number of hearings because of the difficulties the security measures surrounding the convention may pose for litigants, jurors and witnesses to get to the courthouse.

The Democratic National Convention will be held at the Time Warner Cable Arena during the week of Sept. 3, 2012.