Advanced notice is required to schedule a guided tour of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Walk-in requests for guided tours on the same day are not available. Guided tours are scheduled subject to the availability of the Community Access & Outreach Administrator and/or staff.
To arrange a guided tour of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in advance, contact the Community Access & Outreach Division at least 10 business days prior to the date you wish to take the tour.
- Guided tours of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse are conducted during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) on Fridays only.
- You must be at least thirteen years of age in order to take a guided tour of the courthouse.
- A guided tour can accommodate no more than 15 people at one time, including any teachers, parents, and/or chaperones.
- No more than two guided tours will be conducted during a single day.
- A tour generally takes about one hour, depending upon the number of questions. Please keep this in mind when planning arrival and departure times.
- As a rule, cameras and filming are not allowed inside the courthouse without prior authorization. If you would like to bring a camera(s) and take photos for presentation purposes in designated areas only, please complete the application to film and submit it to the Community Access and Outreach Division 72 hours prior to the date of the tour by fax, (704-686-0340), email, or mail.
- Weapons or any objects that could be used as weapons are not allowed inside the courthouse. These include scissors, sharp hair picks, knitting needles, pocket knives, etc. These items will be confiscated at the security posts and will not be returned. All bags, bookbags, purses, etc will be scanned for contraband. Please inform the Sheriff of any electronic devices you may have in your bag.
- All courtrooms are open to the general public, with the exception of the Juvenile courtrooms on Level 8. You are welcome to take your group into a courtroom once the tour is over. The tour leader can suggest which courtrooms to observe, but will not accompany your group during courtroom observations. Keep in mind that certain types of trials and the testimony and/or evidence involved in them may include graphic descriptions, foul and/or explicit language, and/or graphic video, photographs, and/or audio recordings.