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Courthouse Visitor's Policy

Visitors are asked to follow a few general guidelines:

  • Be prepared to pass through security screening at your point of entry. All items must be screened in x-ray machines and all visitors will be asked to pass through metal detectors.
  • All persons over the age of 16 should have a photo ID.
  • Please tour the building quietly, as working offices are adjacent to public hallways.
  • Smoking is prohibited inside the building.
  • Consumption of food and beverages is not permitted.
  • Touching of portraits, busts, or other artifacts on exhibit is strictly prohibited.
  • Any visitors unable to maintain proper behavior will be asked to leave by the Court Security Officers.

Prohibition on Photography, Recording, and Broadcasting

Taking photographs inside the courthouse, audio and video recording, and broadcasting proceedings in a federal court violates a nationwide policy promulgated by the Judicial Conference of the United States.  All devices that can potentially be used for photography, recording, or broadcasting must be inactive or switched off while in attendance at a court proceeding.  No cameras (without other functionality) will be allowed inside the courthouse under any circumstances.  Photography and recorded interviews are permitted only outside the courthouse.

Prohibition on Weapons

Except as authorized by the Marshal, no person shall carry or have readily available firearms, explosives or incendiary devices, any dangerous weapon or other substance, material or other item that may pose a danger to Court property or the safety of the Judges, Court employees, guests or the general public.  It is unlawful for armed state or local law enforcement officers to possess a firearm in a Federal facility unless there is an official law enforcement purpose for the visit.

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