The Franklin County Municipal Court has established the Court Security Program to comply with standards created by the Ohio Supreme Court.
The purpose of these standards is to establish a safe environment in the courthouse for elected officials, court employees, case participants, and the visiting public. It is the policy of the Franklin County Municipal Court that all visitors successfully complete the physical screening process before admittance to the building is allowed.
The Screening Process
Upon entering the Franklin County Municipal Court, visitors shall place all items such as bags, packages, and purses through the x-ray machine. All items are subject to being searched for prohibited items.
Additionally, visitors shall successfully pass through the walk-through magnetometers. To successfully do so, visitors should observe the following procedures:
- Remove all items from pockets and place into the plastic tray. These items include but are not limited to coins, gum wrappers, keys, lighters, cigarettes, and any other metallic items.
- Place purses, briefcases, backpacks, belts, and parcels in the x-ray machine for scanning.
- Electronic items that shall be placed through the x-ray machine include but are not limited to laptops, cell phones, and other portable wireless devices.
- Outer garments with a large amount of metal (zippers, buttons, tags, decorations) should also be removed and placed through the x-ray machine.
- If visitors unsuccessfully pass through the walk-through magnetometer, they are subject to search with a hand-held metal detector by Court Security Officers.
- During high-visitor peak hours, it is recommended visitors arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their appointment.