The main objective of the Court Security Officer (CSO) is to
maintain a safe and secure environment for
everyone in the building.
Everyone's cooperation is needed in order to achieve this very important
When you enter the courthouse you will have to go
through the metal detectors that are staffed by the CSO. In order for this to be an efficient process, here are a few
guidelines that will help you as you enter the building:
No weapons of any type are
No knives, scissors or
anything with a cutting edge may be brought into the
Cameras are only allowed to be used
in certain areas (please see below for more
Please remove jewelry
(watches, large earrings, etc) before proceeding
the metal detector. Place these items in
your bags or place them in the
trays provided by the CSO before you go through the metal detector. This
will save you time and prevent you from
having to be scanned a second time
with a hand-held
- No aerosol containers (hair spray,
shaving cream, etc.) are permitted.
This procedure is done as a matter of safety. It is not
meant to harass or exclude anyone. Cooperation is the key
to maintaining a secure atmosphere for everyone in the building.
Cameras & Recording Equipment
Although you are permitted to bring a camera into the courthouse, you may not use your camera in the courtrooms
or other public spaces of the building unless you are here for a naturalization
proceeding. You also are not
permitted to use your camera in any office unless you have received the express approval
of the person in charge of that office.
You may use your camera in the courtroom only if
you are specifically instructed that you may do so by the person presiding at the proceeding.
Cell telephones, pagers, portable electronic games, portable laptop computers,
Blackberrys/PDAs, etc., are permitted in the courthouse, but MAY NOT be used in
courtrooms without the permission of the presiding judge or in jury rooms
during deliberations. These items are subject to a security inspection.
- No food, beverages, or chewing gum
are permitted inside the courtrooms.
- Please keep in mind you are entering a federal
district court. You should dress in an appropriate manner.