When you come to court, you should be aware that weapons and other dangerous implements are forbidden in all courthouses. Second District courts screen all visitors. Bags will be inspected and you will be asked to pass through a metal detector. If the detector goes off, security may use a hand-wand to search for metal. The facility is fully secured and all visitors are subject to weapons screening upon entering the facility.
Examples of Items that will be confiscated
- Guns (Judicial Order signed July 21, 2016)
- Knives (including pen knives and key chain knives)
- Scissors (including nail scissors)
- Tools (screwdriver, hammer, box cutter);
- Aerosol spray (mace, pepper);
- Finger nail files and clippers;
- Needles (knitting, crochet hooks and hair pins);
- Glass containers (perfume, or food containers);
- Metal utensils;
- Cameras (May have to demonstrate proper function); and
- Other items may be confiscated at the discretion of the Security Officer
Tips to reduce screening time:
- There is one street and one skyway entrance to the Courthouse. Street access is available on the 4th Street side of the building. The skyway entrance is located on the 4th Street side of the building. Access Skyway through City Hall Annex and follow signs.
- Put all small items, including loose change, in your jacket/coat pockets, bag or briefcase. Loose metal items in your pockets slows the screening process.
- Remove jackets/coats, belts, watches and heavy jewelry before approaching the screening checkpoint. Place in x-ray container.
If you intend to bring in audio or video media for the presentation of evidence, you should check our Courtroom Technology Resources
page to see what presentation equipment is available and what you need to do to arrange for it.
Camera Use Policy
By Judicial Order
dated October 14, 2010, use of cameras is forbidden in Ramsey County Courthouses except under exceptions when it is specifically allowed.
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