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Building Security

Access to the Federal Building During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Use of Masks or Cloth Face Coverings in The Federal Bulding


The main objective of Court Security Officers is to maintain a safe and secure environment for everyone in the building. They need everyone's cooperation in order to achieve this very important goal.

Photo I.D.

Everyone entering the Federal Building must present photo identification.

Metal Detectors

When you enter The Federal Building you will have to go through the metal detectors that are staffed by Court Security Officers. In order for this to be an efficient process, please be aware of the following guidelines:

  • No weapons of any type are allowed.
  • No knives, scissors or anything with a cutting edge may be brought into the building.
  • Cameras are allowed to be used in certain areas (please see below for more information).
  • Please remove jewelry (watches, large earrings, etc) before proceeding through the metal detector. Place these items in your bags or place them on the trays provided by the Court Security Officer before you go through the metal detector. This will save you time and prevent you from having to be scanned a second time with a hand-held wand.
  • Cell phones, pagers, portable electronic games, portable laptop computers, Blackberries, palm pilots, etc., are permitted in The Federal Building, but MAY NOT be used in a courtroom or jury room without judicial approval. These items are subject to a security inspection.
  • No aerosol containers (hair spray, shaving cream, etc.) are permitted.
  • Individuals with pacemakers or cochlear implants may request screening via a hand-held wand upon presenting the Court Security Officer with a letter which identifies the condition from the doctor who performed the implant.

These procedures are for everyone's safety. Please be patient. Cooperation is the key to maintaining a secure atmosphere for everyone in the building.

Cameras & Recording Equipment

You are permitted to bring a camera into The Federal Building for a naturalization proceeding. Otherwise, cameras and audio recording/transmitting devices are only permitted upon specific judicial approval. Cameras that are embedded in other approved devices (i.e., cell phones) may not be used in The Federal Building without specific judicial approval.

Laptops in the Building

The Bankruptcy Court operates a Wifi network in the courtrooms for use by attorneys to access case-related information. Laptop computers and other appropriate electronic devices may be used in the courtrooms for presentations to the Court, to view case documents through the PACER system, and to access other appropriate information.