A number of times me and my Libertarian friends have found government signs that prohibit you from doing something are absolute lies.
We found a sign in most of the Phoenix public parks that said something like
"ARS xx-yyy forbids carrying guns into the park"Then when we went to the law book found that ARX xx-yyy didn't even address the issue of carrying guns in the park. The sign was just a lie to make people think it was illegal to take their guns into the park.
The sign that is posted outside the Maricopa County Court House and says that anyone entering the court is subject to search is another one of those signs that are just lies.
The sign says this:
Administrative Order No. 2004-122Now read Administrative Order No. 2004-122. Not once does it say
All persons and personal property are subject to searchIt seems to say that all persons who enter the court house will be subjected to some type of security screening. But it does not get into the details of what the security screening is.
The current security screening which is walking thru a metal detector is certainly not the same as “all persons and personal property being subject to search”.
So again the sign posted on the front of the Maricopa County Court House seems to be a big lie. Instead of saying
All persons and personal property are subject to searchIt should say something like
All persons and property entering the court house must walk thru a metal detector.
IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF MARICOPA
Whereas, the Court has considered the comments and advisory recommendations of various stakeholders who access the courthouse, and
Whereas, the family court department, which by nature of its work requires the highest security requirements, is present in all court buildings, and
Whereas, there is a demonstrable need for enhanced security in all current and future justice and superior court facilities in Maricopa County,
IT IS ORDERED:A. General
1. The Presiding Judge of Maricopa County shall chair the Security Committee of the Trial Courts to ensure effective communication between the Security Committee, the County, security experts and administration in the trial courts. Every two years, the Security Committee will engage an outside expert, such as the United States Marshals Service, to conduct a security audit of the trial courts and make recommendations to the Security Committee.B. Entryways to Courthouses
1. An armed security presence must be at or reasonably proximal to the entrances to the downtown, southeast, and new regional courthouses. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shall, in the first instance, provide this security presence. This change will occur as soon as possible at the southeast and downtown courthouses, and, then, as the regional courthouses are constructed.C. Construction of More Screening Stations, Card Entrances
1. The Court must have the ability to screen all entrants to the courthouse if a security threat or changing national norms requires the Court to do so. Bypass of security screening should be an exception based upon justifiable need and appropriate background checks, not the rule. All future courthouse construction shall have adequate space set aside for security, and screening stations to screen all entrants to the courthouse. Existing courthouse facilities shall be modified to add space and increase screening stations to screen all entrants to the courthouse. The Court Administrator shall work with the County to develop a capital improvement plan to accomplish this result by July 1, 2007.D. Enlarging the Judicial Security Net Downtown
1. The Court’s security policies downtown should, with the Board of Supervisors consent, encompass the County Administration Building to allow unrestricted access from within the County complex to the Courts. The Court Administrator shall commence discussions with the County Administrator to address whether the County Administration building will adopt procedures with its Security Department similar to the Judicial Security Policy.E. Judicial Officers and Judges Pro Tem
1. Constitutional Judicial Officers, and the elected Clerk of the Court, shall be given a security by-pass privilege and card by reason of Office. For active full-time Judges and Commissioners, and retired judges who have been called back to duty, and the elected Clerk of the Court, this by-pass privilege shall apply to all entrances to the courthouse. Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals Judges shall be given a security by-pass privilege and card upon request.F. Judicial Employees and County Employees Whose Work-Station is Within the Judicial Security Net
1. Judicial Branch employees shall be given a security by-pass privilege and card by reason of employment upon the approval of the Court Administrator and completion of a criminal background check. County Employees whose workstation office is located within the judicial security net shall be given a security by-pass privilege and card by reason of their employment on the premises upon the approval of the Court Administrator and completion of a criminal background check. This does not apply to county employees whose workstation office is located outside the judicial security net. The security bypass privilege and card shall be utilized only at designated employee entrances and, even then, employees shall be subject to random screening and inspection at these entrances. The security by-pass privilege and card cannot be utilized at designated public entrances to the courthouse. Security by-pass privileges are suspended for any judicial branch or county employee with a pending criminal case or family court case or order of protection or injunction against harassment, an eviction hearing or any pre-disciplinary or disciplinary proceeding pending against them. Judicial Branch employees and County employees with a by-pass card are required to report any pending court case involving them to the Court Administrator immediately. The Court Administrator shall develop a plan to compare the employee list with the active case file on a regular basis.G. Police Officers
1. Police Officers either in uniform or with visibly displayed law enforcement identification who appear in Court as witnesses pursuant to a subpoena or for official business such as seeking a search warrant, and who do not have any pending family court or criminal case or order of protection or injunction against harassment or eviction or any pre-disciplinary or disciplinary proceedings against them under which A.R.S. §38-1101 applies, upon signing in at a designated security checkpoint at the courthouse, may keep possession of their weapons in the courthouse. The Court Administrator shall establish sign-in procedures that includes a verification that the police officer is complying with these judicial security policies. The Court recognizes that Police Officers in uniform who appear in Court in the normal course of their duties are, by virtue of their duties, also additional security officials within the courthouse. The Police Officer shall follow the policy of each Judge as to whether weapons may be brought into a particular courtroom or checked with the Judge in a gun locker before entering the courtroom. The Court Administrator shall develop by July 1, 2006, the technological capability for a sign-in Judicial Security Officer to check both police officer identity and good standing and verify subpoenas at check-in.H. Attorneys
1. Attorneys shall be treated as other members of the public and be subject to security screening. This policy will be phased in. Existing security by-pass cards shall be effective until their expiration date or April 1, 2005, whichever is sooner.I. Background checks for by-pass
1. Except for elected officials who may be granted by-pass privileges by the presiding judge and judicial officers, a criminal background check shall take place before a by-pass is issued. For attorneys, the cost of a criminal background check shall be paid for by the applicant, and the administrative costs of the application shall be paid for by the applicant. The security by-pass privilege and card shall only apply to designated security entrances and, even then, entrants will be subject to random screening.J. Other provisions
1. Independent contractors who work within the courthouse shall not be granted bypass privileges, or access to the courthouse without screening, without a criminal background check and permission of the Court Administrator. The Court Administrator shall monitor the list of independent contractors who enter the courthouse.