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 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 are allowed into the courthouse. You will be asked to turn these on for the deputies before being allowed to enter the building. Knives, scissors, or any other sharp objects (including knitting needles longer than 3 inches) are not allowed into the building. Cameras and audio/video equipment are also prohibited. Suspicious looking items may be subject to examination before entry is allowed. 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.