Court Security

Court Security
Court security screening station

The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office is tasked by the Code of Virginia with providing security at the Virginia Beach Courthouse and bailiffs to assist with the safe and orderly administration of justice within each courtroom. Rules and regulations for the Virginia Beach Courthouse are determined by the Chief Judge of Circuit Court and enforced by the Sheriff’s Office.

All persons entering the Virginia Beach Courthouse are subject to search, and it is recommended that you allow additional time for security screening prior to your hearing time. Visitors may be asked to remove shoes, outer layers of clothing, jewelry and belts.

Effective Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, ALL PERSONS entering the Courthouse will be required to go through the security screening process, including attorneys and employees. Only sworn public safety officers on official business will be exempt from screening.

The following items are prohibited inside the Virginia Beach Courthouse:

  • Weapons of any kind, including knives and firearms;
  • Electronics, including cellphones, cameras and recording devices; and
  • Liquids (excluding baby formula and hand sanitizers size 2 ounces or less).


Water fountains and vending machines are available inside the building. Small lockers are available to rent for the day (quarters required).