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The Sheriff's Court Services Division is in charge of security at all County courthouses.

Courthouse Security

All persons and their property are searched prior to entry or re-entry into the courthouse

  • Security officers, under the supervision of a Sheriff peace officer supervisor, staff the metal detectors at courthouse entrances and provide general security for the court complex
  • Weapons of any sort are confiscated and the owner arrested for possession of a weapon in a courthouse (171 Penal Code)
  • Any item that may be potentially used as a weapon is restricted from entry
  • Restricted items such as scissors, fingernail files and the like will be held for safe keeping by Security Officers and returned upon leaving the building
  • Property receipts are issued for all items held for safe keeping
  • Security officers serve as the depository for "Lost and Found" items found in the courthouse

Courtroom Security
  • Deputy sheriffs serve as bailiffs and maintain order in the courtrooms.
  • Any person who disrupts the courtroom is subject to ejection from the court and/or arrest
  • Persons inappropriately attired are subject to exclusion or ejection from the courtroom
  • All photographing, recording and televising of courtroom proceedings must be approved by written court order

Inmate Security
  • Deputy sheriffs staff the courthouse lockups.
  • There is no provision for inmate visitation at the courthouse.

Click for the Inmate Information Center.

Click Courthouse Locator for driving directions and other helpful information for each courthouse.