Guilford courthouses to ban cell phones, ‘personal communication devices’

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County Courthouse security personnel will begin enforcement of the prohibition of cell phones and other personal communication devices in the county courthouses on Feb. 3, 2014.

The ban applies to cell phones, computers, cameras and other electronic devices having the capability to photograph or record.

This action has been taken by order of the Senior Resident Superior Court judge and the Chief District Court judge to prevent the unauthorized taking of photographs of persons involved in proceedings in court, such as witnesses, jurors and attorneys; and recording of proceedings, in violation of court orders and rules; and to reduce the risk that such devices are used in a manner as to endanger others and disrupt court proceedings.

The following are exempted from this prohibition:

  • An individual who displays a current identification card issued by Guilford County authorizing entry to the courthouse without passing through entrance security.
  • An attorney who displays written permission to bring such device into the courthouse issued by a Resident Superior Court judge, Resident District Court judge or judge of the Superior or District Court authorized to hold court in Guilford County.
  • An individual who displays written permission to bring such device into the courthouse issued by a Resident Superior Court judge, Resident District Court judge or judge of the Superior or District Court authorized to hold court in Guilford County.
  • A federal, state or local law enforcement or probation and parole officer who displays his or her credentials as such.
  • An individual who displays a current jury summons and who is entering in response to such summons.
  • A judge, commissioner, deputy commissioner or other official of a governmental agency entering the courthouse for the purpose of conducting court or an official hearing, and who displays his or her credentials as such.

All other administrative orders pertaining to such devices remain in full force and effect.

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