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Courthouse Security Policies

Cellular Telephone Policy
Cellular telephones are prohibited in the federal courthouses in the District of Connecticut, except they may be possessed by:

  1. Attorneys who display a Connecticut Judicial Branch issued Attorney Photo ID Card or any other identification that sufficiently establishes that they are attorneys visiting the courthouse on official business;
  2. Grand Jurors and Jurors who have been selected for a particular case;
  3. Individuals attending naturalization sessions in the Court;
  4. The United States Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, the Federal Defender, and Assistant Federal Defenders;
  5. Law enforcement personnel and United States Probation Officers;
  6. Judges and their chamber staff;
  7. Employees of the Clerk's Office; and
  8. Other individuals permitted by the Court.

The United States Marshal's Service will maintain a system for collecting and returning cellular telephones in each courthouse.  This policy is effective September 11, 2009.
 
Order Re: Cellular Telephone Policy

Laptop Computer Policy
Laptop computers are prohibited in the federal courthouses in the District of Connecticut, except they may be possessed by:

  1. Attorneys who display a Connecticut Judicial Branch issued Attorney Photo ID Card or any other identification that sufficiently establishes that they are attorneys visiting the courthouse on official business;
  2. The United States Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, the Federal Defender, and Assistant Federal Defenders;
  3. Judges and their chambers staff
  4. Employees of the Clerk's Office; and
  5. Other individuals permitted by the Court.

Order Re: Laptop Computer Policy

Weapons Policy
No person is permitted to possess any weapon in a federal court facility in the District of Connecticut, except as specifically provided below.
The following persons may possess a weapon in a federal court facility in the District of Connecticut:

  1. The United States Marshal, Deputy United States Marshals, Court Security Officers, and Federal Protective Officers;
  2. Federal law enforcement officers and agents, except in a courtroom. Such officers and agents may possess weapons in a courtroom if expressly authorized by the United States Marshal, or the federal law enforcement officer or agent is the identified case agent in the courtroom;
  3. Law enforcement officers or agents having custody or in charge of the transportation of a prisoner to or from a federal court facility, but such officers and agents may not possess weapons in courtrooms;
  4. Correctional officers of the state of Connecticut, entrusted with the responsibility of transporting a state prisoner to or from a federal court facility, but such officers may not possess weapons in courtrooms; and
  5. Other persons specifically authorized by the United States Marshal or his representative.

No weapon intended for introduction as an exhibit in court or to a Grand Jury may be brought into any federal court facility unless first presented to the United States Marshal or his representative for a safety check and the United States Marshal or his representative reports to the Clerk that the check has been completed.
 
Order Re: Weapons Policy