Judicial Center Building Security
Barry County Judicial Center Security:
As you enter the Barry County Judicial Center you will be required to pass through a security checkpoint. No exceptions will be allowed. People with disabilities will need to speak to the security staff for the necessary accommodations.
The security checkpoint is very similar to airport security checkpoints in that you will be required to deliver any hand carried items (i.e., purses, briefcases, packages, lunch boxes, umbrellas, etc.) to the security officer for inspection. You will also be required to empty your pockets of any metal items (e.g. keys, pens, loose change, cigarette packs, foil wrapped items, wallets, pagers, cell phones) into a plastic basket available at the checkpoint.
As you pass through the metal detector do not touch the sides of the metal detector. If the metal detector beeps, you will be asked to step back and check your pockets again. In some instances you may be requested to remove articles of clothing, such as a belt, steel-toed boots, jacket or coat and place them on the black conveyor belt.
No weapons of any kind will be allowed in the Judicial Center. Examples include: mace, pocket knives of any length, scissors, unauthorized tools, or any other item that could be used as a weapon. There are no storage facilities for such items and security staff is not allowed to hold personal items. If you have such items with you, you will be instructed to take the items out of the building and you will not be allowed through the security checkpoint until you no longer have these items on your person. Therefore, please do not bring such items with you!
If you leave the secure area of any building at any time, you will be required to repeat this procedure every time you reenter the secure area of the building. Following the steps above, will assist in completing the process in a quick and efficient manner.
WEAPONS IN BARRY COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER COURT FACILITIES
(1) General Prohibition: Except as provided herein below, no weapons are pennitted in the Barry County Judicial Center Court facilities. No person except "duly and regularly commissioned law enforcement officers of the State of Missouri and Barry County, Missouri" are allowed in the Barry County Missouri Judicial Center carrying a weapon of any kind. Reserve deputies of Barry County must be in uniform and on duty to wear weapon in court facility. Any person violating this rule will be subject to punishment for contempt of court.
(2) Law Enforcement Exception:
(a) Security Holsters Except as provided in subsection (2)(b), uniformed law enforcement officers may carry weapons in the circuit court facilities if the weapons are in a holster approved by their department and designed to ensure the weapons can only be removed from the holster by the law enforcement officer. Plain clothed law enforcement may carry weapons provided the weapons are in plain sight or readily accessible.
(b) Prisoner Escort Corrections or law enforcement officer escorting a person in custody may be armed with a weapon in a courtroom.
(3) Law Enforcement As Party To Action: In all cases, law enforcement officers who are parties to a judicial proceeding as a plaintiff, defendant or other interested party, attorney and outside the scope of their employment, shall not be pennitted to bring weapons into the circuit court facilities.
After you have passed through the security checkpoint, the Circuit Clerk’s Office, Criminal Division is on the left. The Circuit Clerk’s Office, Civil Division, Prosecuting Attorney’s office & Missouri State Probation & Parole Office are straight ahead, from the security check point. Court rooms #1, #2, #3 & the Public Administrator’s Office are on the second floor and can be accessed via the staircase adjacent to the security area or by the elevator. The elevator to the second floor is located to the left of the security area.
Cameras are not allowed in the Judicial Center.
No food or drink is allowed in the Judicial Center.
No cell phones or audible pagers are allowed in the Judicial Center.
Conversations should be conducted outside the courtrooms.
Loud conversations are not acceptable at any time in the building.
There are no public vending machines located in the Judicial Center.
People entering in the Judicial Center should wear appropriate attire.
In order to maintain order and uphold the dignity and decorum of the judicial branch of our government, rules of conduct and dress for litigants, counsel, witnesses, court staff and spectators will ensure that persons in the courtroom do not obstruct or interfere with the orderly transaction of court business nor degrade or insult the dignity of the judicial proceedings, judicial officers, witnesses and others in the courtroom.
Shirts and shoes must be worn in the courtroom, and prohibited attire includes:
Heavily soiled work clothing, bare-midriff outfits; shorts, cut-offs, halter tops, tank tops, undershirts, see-through blouses, bathing suits, lingerie, nonprescription sunglasses, hats, helmets, pajamas, baggy pants or pants that drag on the ground, clothing emblazoned with obscene words, images, or messages contemptuous or disrespectful of the judicial process.