Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Courthouse Security Procedures

What to Expect When Visiting an Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Facility

Courts must have proper court security to protect the safety of visitors and preserve the integrity of the judicial process. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit, through the Administrative Office of the Courts, provides security safety measures for all court facilities to ensure that all courthouse personnel and visitors are able to conduct their business in a safe and secure environment.

Upon arrival to the courthouse, all visitors will be screened and required to pass through a magnetometer located in a designated security screening area.  Visitors will be asked to remove all items from their pockets and place them in a basket to be scanned by an x-ray machine.  Items required to be placed through the x-ray machine may include, belts, shoes, wallets, purses, cell phones, laptops, and any other items security personnel deems necessary.  A security guard may conduct further screening using a hand wand.

Additionally, please be aware that certain items are prohibited on courthouse premises. If any listed prohibited item is detected to be in your possession when entering a court facility, you will be asked to exit the facility to secure the item elsewhere or dispose of it, before being allowed entry into the facility.

Prohibited Items on Courthouse Premises

  • Aerosol Sprays
  • Alcohol
  • Ammunition (Bullets / Magazines / Clips)
  • Bladed Items / Weapons
  • Chemical Sprays / Liquids 
  • Explosive Materials/Powders/ Devices
  • Firearms 
  • Fireworks / Explosives
  • Flammable Liquids 
  • Handcuff Keys
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Incendiary Devices
  • Knives of Any Type / Size 
  • Laser Pointers 
  • Lighters / Matches 
  • Liquids
  • Mace / Pepper Spray 
  • Metal Utensils / Tools
  • Oversized Belt Buckles 
  • Restraining Devices
  • Sharp Pointed Objects 
  • Stun Guns / Tasers
All other destructive devices and/or additional items not listed above, but considered dangerous, may be confiscated.
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