Judicial Protective Services

Judicial Protective Services Section

Securing the CourtsThe Judicial Protective Services and Field Support Section provides security for six Superior Courts, five State Courts, four Magistrate Courts, three Juvenile Courts, and one Probate Court. These courts are located in three separate buildings; the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, the Clayton County Youth Development and Justice Center, and Annex Building III. Security is also provided a the entrance to each facility.

On average, the Judicial Protective Services Section will ensure inmates make over 30,000 court appearances in the courts each year. Deputies screening visitors will scan an estimated 1,000,000 people between the three different buildings in the same amount of time!

Court Locations:

Harold R. Banke Justice Center9151 Tara Blvd, Jonesboro, GA, 30236

Youth Development and Justice Center9163 Tara Blvd, Jonesboro, GA, 30236

Annex Building III121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA, 30236

Entry into Court FacilitiesPersons seeking entry into a Clayton County Court Facility are deemed to have given their consent to a limited search for administrative purposes.

Please remember, everyone will pass through a metal detector and it will alert on foot wear and under garments containing metal (i.e.: boots, high heeled shoes, under wire bras, girdles and men’s dress shoes, etc.). If the metal detector alerts in the feet area, you will be required to remove your shoes and have them scanned by the X-ray machine.

Also, individuals entering the Harold R. Banke Justice Center for a Scheduled Court date or Jury Duty may experience long lines at the Security Check point in the Morning and Afternoon. Please allow yourself thirty (30) minutes or more to clear security.

Prohibited Items

Unless specifically exempted by the security plan or by court order, prohibited items shall specifically include, but not be limited to the following:

– Firearms (handgun, rifle, shotgun, or other).

– Explosives.

– Flammable materials.

– Hazardous materials.

– Knives, razors, or any cutting tools.

– Clubs, ASP Batons, batons, slap jacks, or other types of impact weapons.

– Chemical defense agents and sprays (to include pepper spray (OC) and mace.

– Any other item which may be used as a weapon (i.e.: spray perfume, aerosol sprays, large chains, hard spiked shoes, belts, and bracelets).

– Tools.

– Scissors

– Knitting needles.

– Recording devices.

– Cameras (to include photo, video, and as part of various electronic devices).

– Any other items determined to be contraband or prohibited by the Sheriff.

– Any electronic device permitted into the courthouse must be able to be powered on and checked by security staff.

Courtroom Order and Decorum

All individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a civil manner while in one of the Court Facilities. Anyone causing a commotion or being disruptive will be escorted from the court facility and is subject to criminal charges. When appearing for court or attending a court session you may not wear shorts, halter top, baggie pants, sun glasses, or hats. The only exceptions are religious groups, medical reasons, and female hats which are a style normally accepted as church dress. All cell phones and blue tooth devices must be turned off and stored away. The following items are prohibited from entering the courtroom: Food, Drink, Newspaper, magazines and books. While small children are allowed in the courtroom it is highly recommended you make other arrangements for them while conducting courtroom business. The children and parents will be removed from the courtroom if the child becomes restless, causing a disturbance.