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Courthouse Security
Sheriff's deputies provide armed security throughout the Nolan County Courthouse and in particular, to protect the integrity of all courtroom hearings and trials, ensure the rights of individuals before the court, deter those who would take violent action against the court or participants and to maintain the decorum of the court.

Prohibited in the Courthouse

Section §46.03 prohibits any type of weapon in the building, and everyone is subject to a search of person, and belongings when visiting the courthouse.

  1. Firearms (guns)
  2. Knives
  3. Prohibited weapons
  4. Ammunition
  5. Pepper spray
  6. Mace
  7. Razor blades
  8. Illegal drugs
  9. Any property, dangerous or hazardous material that could be used to injure or harm a person

If in doubt about an item, leave it at home or in your vehicle. If a potentially dangerous or hazardous item is brought into the courthouse, the person possessing the item must promptly remove it from the building and may be subject to arrest and or prosecution.

Screening

In the event that an X-ray or metal detector is utilized and an alert or alarm is active, a deputy may perform another scan, using a hand wand. A deputy may also conduct a physical search of the person and personal articles to determine the cause of the alert or alarm.

Dress Code

All persons entering the court are to be dressed appropriately. Sleeveless shirts, shorts, excessively baggy pants, sunglasses, hats of any kind and flip-flop shoes will not be allowed in the courtroom. Clothing with pictures, suggestive language or depictions is prohibited. References to or depictions of any matter being heard in the Court or of the parties involved will not be allowed in the courtroom. Council shall so instruct parties they represent, witnesses they call and persons accompanying them to the courtroom. Final approval of appropriate dress will be determined by court council.
 
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Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas 79556
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