Court Security FAQ

How do I know if my facility is safe and secure?

There is no one single plan or method for securing a facility and ensuring the safety of those who work or visit that facility. However, there are several steps that can be taken to increase the security of a facility.

First, an honest assessment of the current security posture is necessary to evaluate and to give direction to your overall security plan. The Office of Court Security may provide professional assistance in performing these security evaluations at no cost to your facility.

Second, it must be determined what standards should be in place to ensure a secure environment. The Committee on Court Security has made recommendations on the minimum Court Security Standards, which should be reviewed by each court.

Finally, improvements should be made to all relevant policies, procedures, and equipment that has been identified as a weak area of your overall security plan.

Does the Supreme Court of Ohio still require the courts of Ohio to report all security incidents?

No. Effective Jan. 30, 2001, it is no longer required for courts to maintain and report all security related incidents; however, it is strongly recommended that each court record and maintain these incident reports for their own use.

Who should I contact if I have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a security assessment?

To schedule a comprehensive court security survey, please contact Court Security at 614.387.9905 or by email at courtsecurity@sc.ohio.gov.

For all other questions or concerns contact Ryan Fahle at 614.387-9906 or by e-mail at Ryan.Fahle@sc.ohio.gov.

How does the new concealed weapon law affect my court?

It remains illegal to carry or attempt to carry a firearm, dangerous weapon or any other dangerous ordinance into a courthouse or any building that contains a courtroom, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code (R.C. 2923.123). Additionally, signage shall be posted in a conspicuous location that clearly makes this known to visitors (R.C. 2923.1212)1. A copy of such a sign may be printed off from the Ohio Attorney General's Web site.

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1This response shall not be interpreted as a legal opinion but rather a reference of relevant material.