The Judicial Services Division provides
law enforcement and security for The Jackson County Court House. It is
our responsibility to provide a stable, relatively predictable environment in which an individual
or group may pursue its ends without disruption or harm and without fear of such
disturbance or harm. A Deputy Sheriff is required to attend all criminal and civil sessions of
County and Circuit Court to carry out this responsibility. Outside of court hearings, Deputies are
also responsible for maintaining order in each judicial office and all other areas of the building.
There is a Deputy assigned to each Judge. There is also a Deputy assigned to each Jury when trials are
in session or a Jury has been sequestered. Our duties are taken very seriously due to the fact
that all sessions of Court involve a person's family, property, liberty and sometimes even their life and due
to this fact, emotions sometimes run high. Deputy Sheriff's assigned to the Court House are also
called upon to assist the patrol Division when needed.
No weapons are allowed
in the Court House except for ones carried by Law Enforcement that are in the building on oficial law enforcement business.
This is enforced by screening visitors through a metal detector and their belongings through an x-ray machine before they are allowed
to enter the building. This is done to ensure the safety of the public and the judicial staff.
These deputies also take persons into custody by
order of the court, and process them into the Jackson County Corrections
Facility. Court House deputies assist the court clerks with
the movement of trial evidence to maintain the chain of custody
and creditability. Court House deputies are responsible for
the care, custody and control of all inmates transported for
Court House Deputies also respond to law enforcement
calls for service within the Court House. These disturbances
usually arise from family court, child support, divorces, and
injunction cases. Deputies accompany the Presiding Judge to hearings
held outside of the judicial center at other courthouses, and
hospitals, if necessary.
Lt. Tracy Allen