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Court Security Manual 2020


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Court Security Manual 2020


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Well-trained court security staff are crucial for courts to provide a safe place for the public to peacefully settle disputes. This curriculum will give law enforcement and court security officers fundamental knowledge and skills to detect potential dangers and prevent or limit possible harm. Officers may take one or all of the following courses, depending on the scope of their job responsibilities.


This course is designed specifically for court security officers. It gives an overview of the fundamentals required to ensure the safety and security of all judges, court staff, and the public who conduct business with the court. In addition to a review of the fundamentals, discussion with attendees will identify policies and procedures used around the state.


This course is designed to provide a general overview of court security screening procedures for court security officers and law enforcement. This class will include classroom and practical application in the areas of legal authority, verbal and non-verbal communication, equipment set-up/staffing, use of walk-through & hand-held metal detectors, and use of x-ray machines. This course will culminate with students applying critical decision making in a practical court security screening scenario.


This course is designed to provide basic semi-automatic pistol training for court security officers, probation officers, and other applicable court personnel. The training will include weapon manipulation, weapon retention, fundamentals of marksmanship, reloads, malfunctions, multiple targets, use of cover/concealment, and alternative shooting positions. Students will also participate in decision-making training that will include scenarios and the use of a simulator. Classes are offered as two, two-and one-half-day sessions instead of five consecutive days.


The Court Security Committee was established to assess the status of court security in the state to ensure that the Texas courts remain a safe and open place for individuals to access justice to appropriately resolve their disputes and for judges and court personnel to administer justice, and identify statutes, funding sources, judicial policies or initiatives that could be enacted to further those goals.


Court safety and security has been identified as a concern since the 2006-2008 critical issues report. Since that time, the court security subcommittee worked to assess the level of available security in Wisconsin courthouses, as well as the state of court facilities. In 2010, the subcommittee conducted an in-depth survey of county security procedures, technology, security personnel, architectural features, and court security requirements and released the "State of Security" in Wisconsin Courts .


Following the report, the subcommittee drafted a Supreme Court rule petition, modifying the existing Supreme Court rules on court security in SCR chapter 70. The result was the creation of a separate rule on court security, Supreme Court Rule Chapter 68, Court Security, Facilities, and Staffing, which was released in March 2012. The rule promotes communication concerning court facilities issues and contains guidance for counties on court security and facilities, as well as prescribing duties for the director of state courts office to better assist counties on court security matters. Security threats and incidents that disrupt court operations should be reported using the form CS-265, Wisconsin Court Security Threat and Incident Report. CS-265 CS-265


Counties have also gained valuable court security education and assistance through the Court Safety and Security Conference, which has been offered every year since 2009. Court officials, court staff, county administration, law enforcement and others come together at the conference to learn about important issues and trends in court security and receive helpful information to take back to their counties to improve court security. The county team approach promoted for this conference provides an opportunity for meaningful collaboration on court security and has resulted in counties making important changes to their county courthouse security measures, resulting in greater safety for court staff and the public.


Videoconferencing is an interactive technology that sends video, voice, and data signals over a transmission circuit so that two or more individuals or groups at distant locations can communicate with each other simultaneously. Use of this technology can result in a range of benefits, including reduced prisoner transportation costs, reduced travel time and costs for court officials and staff, improved courthouse security, improved health care for prisoners, and improved convenience for witnesses in certain types of cases.


  • Goal: Process court-ordered expungements of arrest and disposition information to provide an accurate criminal history record. Received and researched 10,825 orders from General Sessions and 46,336 orders from Summary courts in 2020.

  • Processed and added 322 pardons to the criminal history in 2020, removing any relevant gun flags from the record.

  • Pulled criminal histories for 95 applications for DNA expungement in 2020, reviewing for pending charges or convictions that disqualify the application for sample expungement.



State statute requires that counties must provide court security officers for Circuit Court and District Court. The reimbursement rate for court security officers has been set in the Executive Branch Budget at $9.00 an hour since the 2012 Regular Session. Wages and benefits for court security officers far exceeds $9.00 an hour, leaving counties to pay the difference. Summary:


Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison. Bailiffs, also known as marshals or court officers, are law enforcement officers who maintain safety and order in courtrooms. Their duties, which vary by court, include enforcing courtroom rules, assisting judges, guarding juries, delivering court documents, and providing general security for courthouses.


In 2020, state and local governments spent $129 billion on police (4 percent of state and local direct general expenditures), $86 billion on corrections (2.5 percent), and $51 billion on courts (1.5 percent).


Nearly all state and local spending on police, corrections, and courts in 2020 went toward operational costs such as salaries and benefits (96 percent for police, 98 percent for corrections, and 97 percent for courts). Capital spending accounted for 4 percent or less of total spending for each expenditure category in 2020 .


Capital spending has never been a large share of either police or court expenditures. From 1977 to 2020, the highest annual share of capital spending for police expenditures was 5 percent (multiple years). From 1992 to 2019, the highest share of capital spending for court expenditures was 6 percent (1997). (We do not have access to courts expenditure data for years prior to 1992.)


Spending on courts was equally delivered by state and local governments in 2020 (50 percent for each level). As a share of direct general expenditures, courts spending was roughly 1 percent of state expenditures and local expenditures. Among local governments, court spending in 2017 as a percentage of general expenditures was the highest at the county level (5 percent of county direct general expenditures).


We do not have access to court spending back to 1977, but from 1992 to 2020, in inflation-adjusted dollars, state and local government spending on courts increased from $30 billion to $51 billion, an increase of 67 percent.


In 2020, states and local governments spent $153 per capita on courts. Alaska spent the most on courts per capita in 2020 ($339), followed by the District of Columbia ($283), Wyoming ($240), and New York ($236). The lowest spending states in 2020 were Arkansas ($80), South Carolina ($85), and North Carolina ($89). 041b061a72


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