Courthouse Security

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Building and Court Deputies

The Durham County Sheriff's Office is responsible for the safety of the general public and employees that utilize the Judicial Building and Judicial Annex. Deputies assigned to court and building security are responsible for: maintaining order in the courtrooms, arranging the transfer of inmates, maintaining custody and control of inmates appearing in court, conducting safety checks, and screening building visitors for weapons and other contraband. Additionally, court deputies are responsible for placing defendants in custody immediately after a conviction to ensure they are secured and transferred to the detention facility.

Courthouse Navigator

When a visitor comes to the Durham County courthouse they may encounter a volunteer "courthouse navigator" who is ready to help them navigate the nine-story building, multiple offices, and hundreds of employees. Currently, there's a bilingual volunteer on staff three days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the courthouse lobby.

Helpful Links - Legal Aid NC is statewide program providing free legal services in civil matters to low-income people. The information is in English and Spanish. - This site provides information about and links to the five levels of the state judicial system, case status, court location, forms, FAQs, employee benefits, and news. - Durham County Teen Court & Restitution Program Home Page - This program is designed to promote public safety and juvenile delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment through the operation of a seamless, comprehensive juvenile justice system. - The Department currently operates seven Youth Development Centers statewide. YDCs provide mentoring, education, and therapeutic treatment to prepare youth for a fresh start when they re-enter their communities. YDCs promote learning and development through a wide range of educational and vocational courses.


  • Where is the Durham County Courthouse located?
  • What types of items are not allowed in the Courthouse?
  • Do I have to go through security to enter the Courthouse?
  • Where do I pay for fingerprints, pistol permits, and a copy of a report?
  • What floor is traffic court?
  • What floor is criminal court?
  • What floor is the Public Defender's Office?
  • What floor is the Clerk's Office?
  • Where do I get fingerprinted?
  • Where do I get copies of reports?
  • What floor can I get my criminal history?
  • What floor is Grand Jury?
  • What floor do I report for Jury Duty?
  • Where is Family Court?
  • Where is Juvenile Court?
  • Where is Juvenile Justice/Probation?
  • Where do I pay a traffic ticket?
  • Where do I go for divorce papers?
  • Where is the Civil Magistrate located?
  • If I missed my court date how do I find out when my new one is?
  • Where can I swear out a warrant?
  • Where can I get a restraining order?
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