(989) 354-9830 sheriff@alpenacounty.org

The Court Security Division’s primary objective is to provide security for the Court and the Jury, so that justice can be fairly determined and administered. Included in these primary objectives are the functional goals of protecting the jury from any unauthorized communications or interferences, maintaining order of the Court, guarding any persons remanded to the custody of the Sheriff, and carrying out all lawful orders of the Court pertaining to its safe and efficient operation.

Bailiffs will assist citizens in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations.  Please advise them of anyone or anything that is suspicious or out of the ordinary anywhere in the vicinity of the courthouse. 

Courthouse Security Functions:

  • Provide for the safety for courthouse employees by patrolling through the courthouse and monitoring the facility via surveillance cameras.
  • Provide for the safety and security of the 26th Circuit, 88th District, Probate, and Friend of the Court, including court room and presiding officials.
  • Provide Bailiff Duties for the courts as requested.
  • Conduct tests of the courthouse emergency systems.

    • Coordinate the transport of prisoners to and from the courts.

 Courtroom Etiquette:

All males need to remove their hats prior to entering.  Cell phones need to be turned off or placed on either silent or vibrate.  Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  Security staff may remove offenders from the building, and Judges may hold violators in contempt of court.  All persons conducting business with the court will address the Judge as “Your Honor”.  Litigants need to ask questions pertaining to legal matters with their attorneys and not security or court staff.


Prohibited In Courtrooms:

  • Weapons (any type)
  • Electronic recording devices (unless approved by the court)
  • Inappropriate attire, such as clothing with profanity, depicting violence or sexual acts, promoting drug or alcohol use; muscle shirts, tank tops, halter tops, shorts, cut-off jeans, baggy pants that fall below the hips, micro-mini skirts, pants with holes, and hats (except those worn for religious purposes or by women).
  • Food, beverages, chewing gum, tobacco
  • Newspapers or magazines
  • Children (except those that are pertinent to a case)
  • Excessive or loud talking