For safety and security reasons, members of the public are required to pass through a security checkpoint when entering a federal courthouse. In line with this and to ensure efficiency, jurors are asked to show their summons or other jury correspondence to courthouse security.
Personal food and beverage items are permitted into the courthouse, only if such food and beverage items are x-ray screened by Court Security Officers. If food and beverage items are not security screened, then they are not permitted into the courthouse.
The following items are not permitted into the courthouse:
- Cellular phones
- Any recording devices
- Knives (including pocket knives)
- Mace/pepper spray
These items and any other item that the United States Marshals Service determines could be used as a weapon will be confiscated and maintained by courthouse security until the juror leaves the courthouse. The decision of the United States Marshals Service on this issue is final.