The Court Security Unit provides law enforcement services and protection to judges, court officials, defendants, jurors, witnesses and the general public while they are in the county's courthouse. 

The Lincoln County Courthouse is intended to be safe place where citizens access the courts, obtain justice system services and resolve disputes peacefully. In order to help provide a safe and secure court facility, a number of security systems and processes are in place; some of which you will encounter when you visit a courthouse. The predominant security feature involves screening visitors for weapons and prohibited items.

Visitors who enter the Lincoln County Courthouse are required to pass through security screening similar to what one might experience in an airport. As visitors enter the courthouse, they will be required to pass through a magnetometer (commonly called a metal detector) and belongings will be inspected. 

The Screening Process: What to Expect

·      Be prepared to empty pockets and place the contents in a container provided for you at a screening checkpoint. Mobile phones, music players such as iPods, personal data assistants (PDAs) and other hand held electronic devices must be placed in a container for screening. 

·      Be prepared to provide purses, briefcases, laptops and laptop cases, backpacks, coats and other hand carried items to court security staff for a search.  If you don't need it, don’t bring it in.

·      Please note, you may be required to undergo additional screening procedures to enter the facility if the magnetometer sounds an alarm. Please follow the directions of security personnel who will assist you through the rest of the screening process should this occur.

·      Before leaving the security area, please remember to retrieve all personal possessions. Security personnel are not responsible for items left in security screening areas.

Prohibited Items

·      Firearms, ammunition or explosives

·      Knives of any size (to include box cutters, razors or any edged weapons)

·      Personal protective spray (mace) or any aerosol spray

·      Tools of any kind, manual or electric (I.e.- screwdrivers, hammers, drills, chisels, ect.)

·      Handcuff keys 

·      Any item whose possession is prohibited by State Statue (controlled substances, illegal weapons)

·      Any item that could be considered threatening (such as manicure kits, knitting needles, metal hair picks, scissors or laser pointers)

·      Tasers

·      Chains

Help keep your experience simple by arriving a few minutes early, prepared for the screening process, and by cooperating with security staff and law enforcement officer's requests and directions.