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Court Security

Administrative Order 10/8/2008

As a matter of public safety, everyone entering any of the Santa Barbara Superior Court locations listed below are required to pass through a weapons screening device and have all hand-carried objects x-rayed.

  • Santa Barbara Figueroa Courthouse
  • Santa Barbara Jury Services Building
  • Santa Barbara Juvenile Court
  • Santa Maria Juvenile Court
  • Lompoc Courthouse
Other court facilities not listed here may employ weapons screening on an as needed basis.

During the screening process, you may be asked to remove jewelry, accessories, and clothing.  Your handbag, briefcase, backpack, and any containers will be x-rayed.  Leave prohibited items at home or in your vehicle; if confiscated, they will not be returned.  

When coming to any of the courthouses please allow extra time to go through the weapons screening line.  Do not bring unnecessary bags, briefcases or packages with you as these will slow down the screening process.

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.

List of Prohibited Items

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:

  1. Any item or article having the potential to inflict or cause physical harm
  2. Any firearms except those possessed by law enforcement officers on duty,regardless of possession of a “Carrying Concealed Weapon” (CCW) permit
  3. All knives
  4. Stun guns, tasers, pepper sprays, chemical mace or tear gas weapons
  5. All gun‑shaped lighters, toy guns and replica guns
  6. Handcuffs and handcuff keys, except those possessed by sworn law enforcement officers on duty
  7. All scissors with a length in excess of 3 inches
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Ice picks and darts
  11. Letter openers with sharp points or exposed sharp edges
  12. 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
  13. Laser pointers, except those for use by attorneys in courtroom presentations
  14. All skateboards/skates
  15. 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
  16. All flammable liquids
  17. 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.

 
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