Dual Shootings Focus Attention on Court Security

Shootings at or near two courthouses last week illustrate the continuing challenge facing judges and court administrators who want to protect the public and court staff, a National Law Journal article suggests.

William E. Raftery and Timothy F. Fautsko of the National Center for State Courts wrote the article on the heels of a shooting that left three people dead at a Delaware courthouse (see Gavel Grab) and a non-fatal shooting in a parking area outside a South Carolina courthouse (see Associated Press article for background). The National Center for State Courts is a Justice at Stake partner group.

What has been learned in past years and apparently last week “is the critical nature that security at the entrance plays,” the authors wr0te. “Stopping a potential assailant at the courthouse doors is the easiest way to minimize tragedy.”

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