The Madison County Sheriff has custodial charge of the courthouse(s) and therefore provides security to the circuit, county and the chancery courthouse. The Sheriff and Chief Deputy assign a lieutenant to supervise deputy sheriffs to perform the tasks of courthouse security, which are as follows, but not limited to:
- Screening the public at courthouse entrances and when entering into the courtroom for the safety of judges, court staff and citizens.
- Providing security to the circuit, chancery and county judges including their staff, other public employees who work at the courthouse, other officers of the court (prosecutors, defense lawyers and their staff) and the general public.
- Acting as bailiffs to the circuit, chancery and county judges by opening court with a formal announcement that court is in session. The presiding judge is on the bench to proceed with the court’s business.
- Maintaining order in said courtroom and carrying out the directives of the judge.
Any other duties directed by the Sheriff and Chief Deputy pertaining to the security of the courthouse(s), etc.