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Courthouse Security
Mecklenburg New Courthouse Front

Every effort is made to ensure the courthouse is a safe environment. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of courthouse security. In order to prevent firearms, knives, and other weapons from being brought into the building, anyone entering the courthouse must walk through a metal detector. You must not have any metals on your person when walking through the metal detector or an alarm will sound. If metal is detected, you will be asked to remove any metallic items and walk through again. Removing all metal objects from your person, including change, belts and steel-toed shoes, will speed up this process. You may also be scanned with a wand by a deputy to pinpoint the location of metals. You must place all items you are carrying in a basket to be viewed through a live-scan. The metal detectors and live-scan will not pose a health risk to you; this includes pregnant or nursing mothers. If you have a special need or disability, or you wear an implanted device, please inform the deputies.

Laptop computers, iPads/tablets, e-readers and cell phones are allowed into the courthouse.You will be asked to turn on laptops and other electronic devices before being allowed to enter the building.

No photography, filming or audio recording is allowed in the courthouse without prior written approval.

Knives, scissors, or any other sharp objects are not allowed into the building. Please see below for a more comprehensive list of prohibited items. Any suspicious looking items may be subject to examination before entry is permitted. Please understand that the deputies cannot hold items for you, and items that are considered contraband may be confiscated. Security is here for your safety and protection. Your patience and cooperation with courthouse security is appreciated.

The following items are prohibited by courthouse security:

Alcoholic Beverages
Audio/Video Recording Equipment
Brass Knuckles
Cork Screw
Fish Hook
Fork (Metal)
Glass Container
Guns (ALL)
Handcuff Key
Knitting/Sewing Items
Knives (ALL)
Large Safety Pin
Laser Light
Letter Opener
Meat Thermometer
Metal Pick
Paint Scraper
Painters Hook
Pepper Spray
Putty Knife
Razor Blade
Tasers/Stun Guns
Tools (ALL)
Wire Hangers
Any item that can be deemed a weapon or hazardous by the Sheriff’s Office is prohibited.

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