JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI SHERIFF'S OFFICE

                                          COURTHOUSE SECURITY CHECKPOINT GUIDELINES

As you enter any of the Jackson County court buildings, you will be required to pass through a security checkpoint.  No exceptions will be allowed.  People with disabilities will need to speak to the security staff for the necessary accommodations.  The buildings include:

  • Kansas City Courthouse, 415 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO  64106
  • Eastern Jackson County Courthouse, 308 W. Kansas, Independence, MO  64050
  • Albert Riederer Community Justice Complex, 1315 Locust, Kansas City, MO  64106
  • Family Justice Center, 625 E. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO  64106


The security checkpoint for all four buildings is very similar to airport security checkpoints in that you will be required to place any hand carried items (such as purses, briefcases, packages, lunch boxes, umbrellas, etc.) on the conveyor belt of the x-ray machine.  You will also be required to remove your belt and empty your pockets of any metal items (such as cell phones, keys, pens, loose change, cigarette packs, foil wrapped items, wallets, pagers) into a plastic basket available at the checkpoint.  You will then place the plastic basket on the conveyor belt.

As you pass through the metal detector, do not touch the sides of the metal detector.  If the metal detector beeps, you will be asked to step back and check your pockets again.  In some instances, you may be requested to remove articles of clothing such as shoes, jacket or coat and place them on the conveyor belt.

No weapons of any kind will be allowed in the court buildings or anywhere on County property, and any prohibited items are subject to seizure.  Examples are listed below.  However, this is not a complete list.

  • Any item that could be used as a weapon.
  • Aerosol spray paint or hairspray
  • Glass containers
  • Guns, stun guns or tasers
  • Handcuffs or handcuff keys
  • Knife of any length
  • Pepper spray or mace
  • Scissors, nail files or knitting needles
  • Unauthorized tools


There are no storage facilities for such items and security staff is not allowed to hold personal items.  If you have such items with you, they may be seized, or you may be allowed the opportunity to choose between disposing of them or taking them out of the building and off County property.  You will not be allowed through the security checkpoint until you no longer have these items on your person.  Therefore, please do not bring them with you.

If you leave the secure area of any building at any time, you will be required to repeat this procedure every time you reenter the secure area of the building.

Following the steps above will assist in completing the process in a quick and efficient manner.