CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville’s Circuit Court will have some new restrictions during the three-week trial of James Alex Fields Jr.

Fields is accused of driving into a crowd of people in the area of 4th Street along the Downtown Mall last year following the Unite the Right rally, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer and leaving dozens injured.

With less than two weeks until the trial, the Charlottesville Circuit Court will have new rules in place to make sure the trial goes on safely without disruption.

“They will not allow any bags of any type, firearms, and electronic devices," said Circuit Court Clerk Llezelle Dugger. The judge is trying to eliminate any distractions during the trial in this courtroom, while the jury is hearing evidence."

The restrictions during the trial will affect those in the courtroom and the common courthouse-goer as well. People dealing with court fines or applying for a marriage license will be under the same restrictions.

“The unsuspecting member of the public that has no idea this trial is going on are the folks I’m really worried about," said Dugger. “The people who have really nothing to do with the trial need to also understand that they’re not going to be allowed through the front door if they have these prohibited items."

Fields’ trial is set to start on November 26 and end on December 14.  

Full list of prohibited items:

  • Any electronic device
  • Backpacks
  • Purses
  • Bags of any type
  • Firearms
  • Any other item deemed unsafe or potentially disruptive by the presiding judge or any officer providing security for the court proceedings.