Weapons and contraband of any kind are prohibited. Items that potentially could be used as a weapon are not permitted in the courthouse and will be confiscated. Confiscated items will not be returned.
Items specifically prohibited at the Santa Barbara Superior Court facilities include:
- Any item or article having the potential to inflict or cause physical harm
- Any firearms except those possessed by law enforcement officers on duty, regardless of possession of a “Carrying Concealed Weapon” (CCW) permit
- All knives
- Stun guns, tasers, pepper sprays, chemical mace or tear gas weapons
- All gun‑shaped lighters, toy guns and replica guns
- Handcuffs and handcuff keys, except those possessed by sworn law enforcement officers on duty
- All scissors with a length in excess of 3 inches
- Razors, box cutters and "Exacto" type tools, except those possessed by persons entering the Courthouse Annex for the purpose of construction, maintenance, clean-up or repair work
- All large tools (screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, hammers, etc.) in excess of 6 inches in length except those possessed by persons entering the Juvenile Courthouse for the purpose of construction, maintenance, clean-up or repair work
- Ice picks and darts
- Letter openers with sharp points or exposed sharp edges
- Heavy‑duty wire/heavy gauge chains, except those possessed by persons entering the Courthouse Annex for the purpose of construction, maintenance, clean-up or repair work
- Laser pointers, except those for use by attorneys in courtroom presentations
- All skateboards/skates
- Needles/syringes – except those possessed by persons with a doctor’s order or prescription that documents the medical need for medication administered by needles or syringes
- All flammable liquids
- Excessive clothing beyond what is reasonable for personal use and current weather conditions.
Other items deemed potentially offensive or dangerous by the Sheriff’s Department will not be allowed through screening.
Refusal to submit to a search will result in denial of entry. Moreover, California Penal Code section 602 (y) states that individuals who intentionally avoid or refuse to submit to screening and inspection of themselves and their personal property while entering or re-entering a court building may be subject to detention, arrest and prosecution.