|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.
It 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
(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.