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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:

  • Alcohol
  • Aerosol Sprays
  • Ammunition
  • Bats
  • Belt Buckles (that can be used as weapons)
  • Belt Buckles (resembling actual firearms)
  • Bicycle Pumps
  • Bobby Pins
  • Bottle Openers
  • Box Cutters
  • Ceramic mugs, bowls, plates
  • Chains (excluding jewelry)
  • Curling Irons
  • Firearms
  • Flammable Sprays
  • Flashlights (longer 3" in length)
  • Glass Containers (larger than 3"x1'x1" in dimension)
  • Graffiti Tools
  • Handcuff or Handcuff key chains
  • Items with sharp edges or points
  • Knitting and Crochet Needles
  • Knives
  • Kubatons
  • Large Carabineers (larger than 3" in length)
  • Laser Pointers
  • Leatherman Tools
  • Locks
  • Mace
  • Manicure Sets
  • Markers
  • Martial Arts Equipment (of any kind)
  • Metal Belts
  • Metal Hair Picks
  • Metal Nail Files
  • Metal Stress Balls
  • Metal Utensils (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Metal, Composite, or Wooden Knuckles
  • Nail Clippers
  • Narcotics
  • Padlocks
  • Razors
  • Razor Blades
  • Pepper Spray
  • Pocket Knives
  • Rollerblades
  • Rope (longer 2" in length)
  • Safety Pins (larger 2" in length)
  • Scissors
  • Screwdrivers
  • Skateboards
  • Spray Paint
  • Studded Belts
  • Stun Guns
  • Swords / Cane Swords
  • Tape Measures
  • Tasers
  • Throwing Stars
  • Tools (larger 3" in length)

  • 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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