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​Security Information

Visitors to the Lake County Court Complex and the Lake County Administrative Building must go through a security screening.

Prohibited Items

The following items WILL NOT be allowed and security personnel will not hold any items for visitors.

  • Knives
    • Pocket knives (any size)
    • Metal kitchen knives
    • Razor knives
    • Safety razors
    • Box cutters
    • Carpenter knives
    • Coupon razor cutters
    • Penknives
    • Razor blades (any type)
    • Switchblades or any spring-activated knives
  • Pressurized sprays
    • Hair and body sprays
    • Mace sprays
    • Pepper sprays
    • Or any pressurized container that is flammable (any size)
  • Glass objects
    • Glass containers over 3 oz.
  • Electronics
    • Cameras, video tape records, and cell phones are prohibited from use in the courtrooms unless explicitly waived by the trial court
  • Locks (any size)
    • Key type
    • Combination type
  • Weapons
    • Firearms (any type)*
    • Ammunition (any type)*
    • Handcuff keys (any type)*
    • Fireworks (explosives)
    • Or any contraband item
  • Other objects
    • Screwdrivers
    • Scissors (any type)
    • Pliers (any type)
    • Wrenches (any type)
    • Wire cutters
    • Metal kitchen forks
    • Metal kitchen spoons
    • Laser pointers
    • Metal fingernail files
    • Nails (any type)
    • Screws (any type)
    • Letter openers
    • Can openers (church key)
    • Knitting needles
    • Flashlights (not to exceed 6 inches)
    • Metal and plastic comb picks

*The only exception is for sworn police officers here on official duties.

The prohibited items listed are not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. To ensure everyone's security, the screener may determine that an item not on the prohibited items list is prohibited. In addition, the screener may also determine that an item is dangerous and therefore may not be brought through the security checkpoint.

For more information, please contact:
Lake County Sheriff's Office Court Security
Phone: 847.377.4911


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