Walking into the Mecklenburg County Courthouse can be a bit overwhelming. Your Charlotte divorce lawyer will likely tell you in which courtroom your proceeding will take place.
After walking through the security checkpoint, you will walk into the lobby area of the Courthouse. You may meet your Charlotte divorce lawyer here or he/she may ask to meet you outside your scheduled courtroom. Most family court courtrooms are located on the 8th floor of the Courthouse. The elevators are located on the left hand side of the lobby, assuming you entered the Main Entrance at the corner of 4th Street and S. McDowell Streets. You will need to take the elevators to the 8th floor to meet your Charlotte divorce lawyer prior to your proceeding. Most courtrooms are a 3 digit number, which do not correspond with the floor where the courtroom is located. For example, Courtroom 207 is located in Room 8100—on the 8th Floor. Here is a list of the most utilized family court courtrooms.
Courtroom 207: Room 8100—8th Floor
Courtroom 204: Room 8110—8th Floor
Courtroom 304: Room 8150—8th Floor
Courtroom 210: Room 8170—8th Floor
Courtroom 303: Room 8310—8th Floor
Custody and Visitation Mediation: Room 8510—8th Floor
Child Support: Room 8563—8th Floor
Family Court Services Center: Room 8000—8th Floor
Additionally, each courtroom has a listing near the entrance to the courtroom which provides a list of parties and proceedings which are scheduled in that particular courtroom on that particular day. Though your Charlotte divorce lawyer has likely already double checked the location, it is always a good idea to scan the list to make sure you are at the correct location.
If you are not represented by a Charlotte divorce lawyer, check the documentation sent to you by the Clerk of Court, which should have the Courtroom number listed on the first page of the documentation, to include the time you are required to be present. If you still have trouble locating the precise Courtroom, there are usually Courthouse employees, such as Deputies, located in the hallways that will usually help direct you.
The Mecklenburg County Courthouse provides free drop-in childcare services for family members who are conducting business at the Courthouse. Larry King’s Clubhouse is located on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse, in Room 2510. Here are a few notes about their services:
- Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed for 1 hour at lunch and children must be picked up during this time
- Maximum occupancy of children 6 weeks old – 2 ½ years old: 10
- Maximum occupancy of children 2 ½ years old – 12 years old: 19
- Reservations are recommended: Call (704) 686-0285 for more information
A complete Courthouse room directory is available at: http://www.nccourts.org/County/Mecklenburg/Documents/new_courthouse_directory.pdf