"Our goal is to provide a safe and secure enviroment for court customers,
visitors and court staff."
Judicial Branch Security Director Edward De Coste
Each visitor who enters a Superior Court facility goes through a security screening procedure,
with assistance from a Court Security Officer. To speed the process, visitors are asked to:
Empty pockets, placing contents in the container provided.
Place purses, briefcases, backpacks and parcels on the X-ray machine for scanning.
Remove belts for screening..
If the x-ray or metal detector sets off an alert or alarm, a Court Security Officer may perform
another scan, using a hand wand. The security officer may also ask permission to conduct a physical
search of personal articles to determine the cause of the alert or alarm. Before proceeding from
the security screening area, visitors should be sure to retrieve all of their personal possessions.
There are a variety of potentially hazardous and dangerous items that are not permitted inside
the court's facilities. In general, items that could be used to injure or harm another person are
not permitted and cannot be brought into a court building. See the list of prohibited
items for additional information. If in doubt about an item, leave it at home. If a
potentially hazardous or dangerous item is brought into a court building, the person possessing
the item must remove it from the building. It cannot be left with court security.
In the event of an emergency occurring in a court building, follow instructions provided by
Court Security Officers. Court Security Officers will provide directions and routes for leaving the
building, and will advise where to go once outside. Emergency Evacuation Procedures include
provisions for persons with disabilities.
Any visitor who has a safety concern or security issue should contact any of the Court's
Security Officers. A security supervisor or manager will gladly assist.