Court Security Resources

NSA provides resources to help with your court security issues.  Check back regularly for more information.

Civil Rules Guide

The civil rules governing the service of process appears in this publication for each State and the District of Columbia. These civil rules were compiled and edited by Gary A. Crowe, Administrator for the National Association of Professional Process Servers, and represent his best effort to extract from the civil rules and statutes the relevant laws for serving process both within and without the individual states. The material published is only a guide and the editor’s comments are not intended as legal advice. Limited space has caused some rules to be materially abbreviated or, in some instances, omitted entirely. The complete text of all rules and statutes may be found in your local law library or on the Internet. Consult an attorney if a legal opinion is required.

The Emergency Procedures Manual for Court Employees: "What do I do if…?"

This manual, provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Kentucky, is designed to answer the question, "What do I do if…?" should an emergency situation occur. 

Continuity of Operations Planning for Sheriffs Final Report

In order to ensure that all of the nation’s Sheriffs and their key partners have functional, all hazards Continuity of Operations plans, the NSA has developed this multi-faceted process that includes both the Continuity of Operations Planning for Sheriffs: Preparation and Reference Guide and the Continuity of Operations Planning for Sheriffs Planner’s Workbook: Pandemic Version.

Defusing the Risk to Judicial Officials: The Contemporary Threat Management Process

Written by Frederick S. Calhoun and Stephen W. Weston.  Learn how contemporary threat management for judicial security offers the best way for law enforcement to respond to reports of inappropriate or suspicious behaviors and defuse the risk from desperate individuals.  Document is $15.00 per copy and will be emailed in a PDF format. 

Court Security Resource Guide

A practical guide to the practices, procedures and resources available for those providing court security. The document is $25.00 per copy and will be emailed in a PDF format.


Protecting Court: A Practitioner’s Guide to Court Security

Examines the art of protecting today's courts by using history as its example and common sense as its foundation. As demonstrated far too often in today's news, there are some who will lash out in anger and violence if the scale of justice does not weigh in their favor. The intensity of emotion within the courthouse has placed a spotlight on the court security officer whose role is to ensure that all participants in the courthouse are safe and free from harm. Protecting Court illustrates the importance of courtroom security measures which are too often overlooked until grave tragedies occur. Well paced examples throughout the book depict specific courtroom events to demonstrate applicable concepts and solutions for court security practitioners.



Status of Court Security in State Courts: A National Perspective (2013)

While security threats and violent incidents are on the rise, available funding from state and local governments for security staffing and equipment to protect courts is becoming increasingly limited. In the development of this report, significant information that NCSC compiled with respect to court building and courtroom security assessments was reviewed and analyzed.

CCJ/COSCA Court Security Handbook : Ten Essential Elements for Court Security and Emergency Preparedness

Features Ten Elements for Effective Courtroom Safety and Security Planning, including Operational Security, Facility Security Planning, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Disaster Recovery, Threat Assessment, Incident Reporting, Funding, Security Equipment, Resources and Partnerships, and Courthouse Design.


Courthouse Violence in 2010-2012 - Lessons Learned (pdf)

A Brief History of Court Security

Court Security and Transportation of Prisoners

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