In response to a request from Chief Justice Paul Newby, sheriffs across North Carolina this week are stepping up the security they provide at courthouses.
Newby’s request comes amid heightened concerns of civil unrest.
“Protecting the people of our justice system and securing our physical court facilities will enable us to fulfill (our) constitutional mandate of providing equal justice to all in a timely manner,” Newby said in a letter sent Friday to law enforcement leaders.
District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said the added measures are both needed and welcomed.
“Despite some limitations forced by the coronavirus threat, the courts continue to function,” Welch said. “It is imperative that our judicial staff and members of the public be assured of their safety at government buildings.”
Welch oversees the 43rd Prosecutorial District, made up of the state’s seven westernmost counties.