When a person visits a court facility, regardless of the reason, they are required to go through a security entrance and submit to a search. Every year, arrests are made of individuals attempting to bring weapons, narcotics, controlled substances and other contraband into the courthouses.
Various methods are used to enhance courtroom safety while screening courtroom visitors. Deputies assigned to the Judicial Center Security use metal detectors (walk-through and hand-held devices), x-ray machines, and if need arises, a physical pat-down of those who enter the Richmond County Judicial Center. These deputies are aided by the monitoring of video surveillance cameras throughout the facility both inside and out.
All persons attending the Richmond County Judicial Center are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and to wear appropriate attire. No hats should be worn inside the Richmond County court rooms.
No cellular telephones, computers, tablets, radios, MP3 players, cameras, recording devices, or other electronic devices, knives, firearms of any kind, or any other item that may be deemed a weapon in the Judicial Center, controlled substances, or narcotics are allowed in the Richmond County Judicial Center without prior approval by the security staff assigned to the Judicial Center. Any person who brings any of these items, or any item that may be deemed a hazard to safety and security, may be denied entry to the Judicial Center, face expulsion from the Judicial Center, or may be arrested and face criminal charges for such violations.
All efforts are made to provide the most secure and productive Judicial Center facility to assist the residents of Richmond County with their legal needs and requirements.