In Skyrim SSE (on PC), when I'm running any quest for the Jarl of Markarth ("Kill the Forsworn Leader","Dungeon Delving","Thane of the Reach") and prompted to return to him to complete the quest, he's in his room with the door locked. I don't want to pick the lock and get fined and perhaps get a bad reputation. I've waited in sight of the throne one hour at a time for several in-game days. No court at the throne. All the other courts follow the same merchant hours of 8 AM to 8 PM. Is this an in-game bug? It really breaks the flow, having to wait hour-after-hour or do some other quest and return, hoping that the Markarth court will actually be in session.
Is the resolution some console hack? I can't think of any way I could have accidentally messed up the Markarth court mechanics.
Even having a resolution, I'm just curious why it is that this only happens in Markarth. Is it the "special" meat served in Markarth?