New courthouse security measures take effect Nov. 4

People entering will be x-ray screened for weapons and other prohibited items


Helena – The installation of security equipment at the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse is complete and implementation of security procedures will begin November 4, 2020.

The public can expect the following:

  • The east door across the street from the Myrna Loy will be the only main public entrance. The ADA-compliant entrance is still the west door that leads to the basement.
  • Everyone will be required to walk through a metal detector and have any baggage passed through a scanning machine. The scanning machine not only detects metal, but illegal narcotics and explosive materials as well.
  • Persons requiring ADA access or accommodations will be allowed to ride the elevator to the first floor where their baggage will be screened and a security officer will use a wand to screen them for weapons.
  • Any persons that have in their possession a prohibited but legal item will be asked to store the item in their vehicle prior to entering the courthouse. They must be screened upon returning from their vehicle.
  • Any persons that have in their possession an illegal prohibited item will be subject to criminal prosecution.

Prohibited items include:

  • Knives of any kind
  • Tear gas
  • Mace
  • Pepper spray of any kind
  • Any animal repellent
  • Firearms of any kind
  • Ammunition of any kind
  • Tools of any kind (unless an authorized maintenance worker or contractor for the courthouse)
  • Miscellaneous sharp items (knitting needles, and crochet hooks)
  • Alcohol
  • Glass containers
  • Any flammable substance
  • Lighters
  • Butane fuel
  • Laser pointers
  • Handcuffs or restraints (Unless authorized)
  • Skateboards
  • Skates
  • Excess clothing beyond what is reasonable for personal use and current weather conditions.
  • Any illegal drugs or paraphernalia.
  • Any prescription drugs not prescribed to you. 


Media Contact: Jeni Garcin, Communications Coordinator, 208-961-0349, jgarcin(at)