Cleveland court to stay open late during GOP convention


CLEVELAND (AP) — Night court will be in session during the Republican National Convention.

Cleveland’s Municipal Court will extend its hours during the convention to deal with an expected increase in arrests.

The court normally closes at 4:30 p.m. It will operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. during the convention that begins July 18.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/29lze2q ) reports court officials also are making plans to use space in other buildings if courtrooms and jail space in the downtown Justice Center are filled.

The court typically processes about 200 people in arraignment and initial appearances each day, but it’s getting ready to deal with as many as 1,000 people a day.

Spokesman Ed Ferenc says the court will be the busiest it’s ever been, and he expects mostly civil disobedience charges.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

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