Courthouse Procedures

Courthouse Procedures

Dear Visitors:

Thank you for your service to our community. Due to heightened security requirements, you can expect to go through a security checkpoint when entering county buildings. You may also expect to be treated with courtesy and respect. Please arrive approximately forty-five minutes early to complete the screening process. You are required to be in the Central Jury Room at both the Frank Crowley and George Allen Courthouses by 8:00 A.M. when reporting for jury duty.

Prohibited items are weapons, explosives, incendiaries, and include items that are seemingly harmless but may be used as weapons ("dual items"). You may not bring these items through a security screening checkpoints. Cameras and recorders are also prohibited.

If you bring a prohibited item to the checkpoint, you may be criminally prosecuted or, at the least, asked to rid yourself of the item. This is because bringing a prohibited item through a security checkpoint - even accidentally - may be dangerous to you or others and may be illegal.

Your prohibited item may be detained for use in an investigation and, if necessary, as evidence in your criminal prosecution. If permitted by the screener you may be allowed to take the item to your car; or, voluntarily abandon the item. Items that are voluntarily abandoned may not be recovered or may not be returned to you.

The prohibited items list is not intended to be all inclusive, and may be updated as necessary. To ensure everyone's security, the screener may determine that an item not on the list is prohibited.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.