No. This is not anti-open carry, which Mississippi allows by the way. This is about what not to take to Court.
Courthouses are upping safety measures. As you can imagine, high emotion, high drama and looming consequences are involved in cases daily. Because of this, safeguards have been and are being implemented throughout Courthouses. Metal detectors, handhelds, bag searches are routine. Litigants routinely have to hike back to the car to put up their purses and phones.
Here’s What You Don’t Take to Court:
- Any weapon. No guns, knives, clubs, mace, etc… if it’s “evidence” let the lawyer deal with it.
- Cell phone. The bane of the Judge’s existence these days, most are prohibited by the Court and a few Courts even disallow the lawyers from having cell phones. Very frustrating.
- Purse. Yes, they are apparently just a large assault bags, full of narcotics and recording devices.
- Recording Devices. There’s a Court reporter, unless you have specific permission having a recording device may well get you in trouble.
- Drinks. This is elementary.
- Gum. This is kindergarten.
- Your girlfriend. She will just anger the wife and the judge. No good comes from this.
Matthew Thompson is a Mississippi Family Law attorney and as Johnny Cash sang, “Don’t take your guns to town.”