When you enter the courthouse, you will go through a metal detector. Your handbag, briefcase, backpack, and any containers will be x-rayed. Objects like knitting needles, scissors, nail clippers, pocketknives, and weapons are not allowed. You will be asked to remove any belts. If you have forbidden items, you may be asked to leave the courthouse and return without them. Security officers might keep items they think are hazardous. They may or may not be returned to you when you leave the courthouse. Outside food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages are forbidden from being brought into the courthouse. Cell phones must be silenced or powered off.