New Security Guidelines for
Entry into Courthouse
There are two secured public
entrances into the courthouse in Ukiah, and one secured public entrance in
Fort Bragg. All people entering the
courthouse, including litigants, attorneys, law enforcement, and employees
are screened by the use of metal detectors. Items brought in will be
February 1, 2004, ALL knives are prohibited. If you bring a knife to
the courthouse, you will be asked to return it to a safe place (such as your
car or office) before you may enter.
guidelines for a secured courthouse are as follows:
The entrances in the Ukiah
courthouse that are
accessible to the public are the Perkins Street entrance and the North
State Street entrance. The North State Street entrance will be open from
7:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Perkins Street entrance will be open from 7:30 am
to 5:30 am and is handicapped-accessible.
Exiting from the
courthouse will be limited to North State Street and Perkins Street.
The entrance to the Ten Mile Justice Center in Fort Bragg
is the main entrance on South Franklin Street. This entrance is
open from 7:45am to 5:00pm, and is handicapped-accessible.
Exiting from the Ten Mile Justice Center will be limited to
the main entrance on South Franklin Street.
will resemble those used by airport security:
You will be asked to take
everything out of your pockets. Contents will be screened.
You will be asked to lay
flat brief cases and purses before they going through the scanner.
You will be asked to walk
through a metal detector. If you have metal plates within your body, you
will be asked to present medical verification of the presence of this
If metal is detected once
you walk through the metal detector, you will be asked to step aside and
one of the security staff will "wand" you to identify the source of the
If there is metal detected
in the area of your shoes, you will be asked to raise your pant legs for
the security staff to be able to see if there are metal objects within
your socks or boots. You may be asked to remove your shoes.
If you are in a wheel
chair, staff will use a wand to scan you and your wheel chair.
If the security staff
confiscates any objects from you, the object/s will not be returned to
you. They will be given to the Sheriff's Department for destruction.
However, if security finds an unallowed, legal object on you, you will be
given the option to return it to a safe place (i.e., car, office) before
entering the courthouse.
Objects that will not be
allowed include: alcohol, bullets, can openers, chains over 12",
corkscrews, drugs, flammable liquids, forks, guns, guns (replica),
handcuffs, handcuff keys, knitting needles, pocket knives, fixed blade knives, kubatons, leathermans, laser pointers,
mace, drug paraphernalia, pepper spray, pointed devices (e.g. metal nail
files), punch knives, razor blades, large safety pins, scimitar, scissors,
screwdrivers, stun guns, tools. These objects are all considered weapons.