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What items are not allowed in the courthouse?

When you enter the courthouse, you will go through a metal detector. Your handbag, briefcase, backpack, etc. will be x-rayed. Any item that Security decides is hazardous or a weapon will not be permitted in to the building. You may be asked to leave the courthouse and return without the items, or they will be confiscated.

Below is a partial list of banned items:

  • Aerosol and flammable sprays (including mace and pepper spray)
  • Alcohol
  • Ammunition
  • Animals (except service animals), insects and reptiles
  • Belt buckles resembling or containing firearms and other weapons
  • Bicycles, bicycle parts, rollerblades, skates, skateboards, and scooters
  • Box cutters, razors, razor blades, and any bladed device or device with sharp edges or points
  • Ceramic and glass containers
  • Chains
  • Cigaratte lighters, gas lighters, matches, any device that emits a flame, and lighter fluid
  • Firearms
  • Flashlights (longer than 3" in length)
  • Graffiti tools and large marking pens
  • Handcuffs and handcuff keys
  • Harmful biological and chemical materials
  • Illegal narcotics and controlled substances, including marijuana
  • Knitting and crochet needles
  • Knives (including pocket knives)
  • Laser pointers
  • Locks
  • Manicure sets, metal nail files, and nail clippers
  • Martial arts equipment of any kind
  • Metal hair picks and rat-tail combs
  • Metal and studded belts
  • Metal utensils (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Replicas of firearms and weapons of any sort
  • Rope (longer than 2" in length)
  • Safety pins (larger than 2" in length)
  • Scissors
  • Sporting equipment
  • Stun guns and tasers
  • Swords and cane swords
  • Tools
  • Any weapon or item that can be used as a weapon (at the discretion of the Sheriff and Court Security personnel)

  • Important
  • The use of cameras, cell/smart phones with a camera device, or recording devices is prohibited for use inside any courtroom. The use of the camera device on a cell/smart phone is also prohibited in the jury assembly room, but the use of your cell/smart phone is allowed as long as you do not disturb your fellow jurors.
  • Important
  • California Rules of Court prohibit the photography or filming of any serving juror.
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