Court Security & Etiquette

Courthouse Security

Cameras, including cell phones with a built-in camera, are prohibited in the courthouse. Any item that could be used to injure or harm another person cannot be brought into the courthouse. Guns, knives, ammunition, pepper spray, mace, razor blades, illegal drugs and other type of dangerous or hazardous material or property are all prohibited.

Each visitor who enters the Loudoun County Courthouse goes through a security screening procedure, with assistance from a Court Security Officer. To speed the process, visitors are asked to:

  • Empty pockets, placing contents in tray provided.
  • Place purses, briefcases, backpacks, and parcels on the x-ray machine for scanning.
  • Walk through the metal detector at the direction of the officer.

If the x-ray or metal detector sets off an alert or alarm, an officer may perform another scan using a hand wand.

Inform the officer if you have an implant and they can make an accommodation to bring you to a separate area for an alternative form of personal search.

Courthouse Etiquette

  • Dress appropriately: shirts and shoes are required.
  • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off in the courtroom.
  • Once you are in the courtroom and court has started, please remain seated and quiet until your case is called.
  • If you have a child with you that starts to cry or becomes disruptive, please take them out of the courtroom.
  • If you are standing in the hallway outside the courtroom, please conduct yourself in a quiet and orderly manner.