RULE 24 - COURT SECURITY STANDARDS
The Miami County Municipal Court is charged with dispensing justice, resolving disputes and protecting the constitutional rights of those who appear before the Court. Accordingly, appropriate levels of security shall exist in the Court to protect the integrity of the Court proceedings, protect the rights of individuals before it, sustain the decorum and dignity of the Court and assure that Court facilities are secure for all those who visit and work there.
RULE 24.1 - WEAPONS
No weapons shall be permitted in the courthouse unless carried by a law enforcement officer or probation or parole officer, acting within the scope of their employment. The Court has authority to enforce more restrictive measures regarding weapons in a courtroom or hearing room on a case by case basis.
RULE 24.2 - TRANSPORTATION OF PRISONERS
Individuals transported from the jail to a courtroom or a hearing room should be moved through areas which are not accessible to the public when possible. When public hallways must be used to transport such individuals, they should be secured in an appropriate manner, to protect the public. There shall be no physical contact between inmate and family or friends in the courtroom or during transport of the prisoner.
RULE 24.3 - ALARMS
All courtrooms and hearing rooms shall be equipped with duress alarms connected to 911. Duress alarms shall be located in the court offices, clerk of courts offices, and the probation department.
RULE 24.4 - RESTRICTED ACCESS
Access to the jury rooms, and the Judges' office facilities shall be restricted by a punch pad lock, key lock or electronic lock. Access to the Clerk of Courts offices shall be restricted by punch pad lock or electronic lock. All persons entering a court facility shall be subject to security screening, on a case by case basis, as requested by a judge or bailiff. Courtrooms shall be locked when not in use.
RULE 24.5 - ASSIGNMENT OF BAILIFFS
Bailiffs and/or uniformed, armed law enforcement officers shall be assigned in sufficient numbers, to ensure the security of each court and related court facilities. All such officers shall be certified through the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council and shall receive training on court security and weapons instruction specific to the court setting.
RULE 24.6 - DIGITAL PERSONAL COMMUNICATORS
All judges and magistrates shall be assigned a digital personal communicator for security purposes while away from the courthouse.
RULE 24.7 - REPORTING OF CRIMES OCCURRING WITHIN COURT FACILITY
Each violation of law that occurs in a court facility or court area shall be reported to the Miami County Sheriff's department. A tabulation of all such incidents shall be reported, by the administrative judge, to the Supreme Court of Ohio on an annual basis.