When you enter the courthouse, you may go through a metal detector. Your handbag, briefcase, backpack, and any containers will be x-rayed. Objects like knitting needles, scissors, nail clippers, pocket knives, and weapons are not allowed. 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. Alcoholic beverages are also not allowed. Cell phones must be silenced or powered off.