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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office, through contract with the Court Administrator's Office, provides a Weapons Screening Officer, a Security Officer and Court Officers, as needed, at the Franklin Superior Courts Criminal, Family and Civil Divisions.

The basis for building security begins with the Weapons Screening Officer. The public is required to pass through a security checkpoint and be screened for any firearms, weapons or any other dangerous devices. A walk-through detector and a hand-held wand is utilized by the Weapons Screening Officer.

Michael Benoit at Franklin Superior CourtIt is the duty of the Weapons Screening Officer to inspect all equipment and screen 100% of the public entering the building. Should any firearms, weapons or other dangerous devices be located, they are confiscated.

Vermont Law, Title 13 Chapter 85 § 4016(B), Weapons in court, reads:

A person who, while within a courthouse and without authorization from the court,
(1) carries or has in his or her possession a firearm; or
(2) knowingly carries or has in his or her possession a dangerous or deadly weapon, other than a firearm, shall be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than $500.00, or both.

(c) Notice of the provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to each courthouse.
(d) No dangerous or deadly weapon shall be allowed in a courthouse that has been certified by the court administrator to be a secured building.


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