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Judges look at ways to keep their courtrooms safe

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PRINCETON (WVVA)-- Judges in West Virginia are looking at ways to keep their courtrooms safer.

Mercer County Judge William Sadler attended a conference in Charleston which looked at ways to tighten security and also focused on how the judges can stay safe if an altercation should ever happen in their courtroom.

Sadler says in addition to an armed bailiff, the Mercer County courtrooms have several doors so judges can easily escape. They also have a panic button to alert police.

The Mercer County Courthouse has tightened their security by only allowing the public to enter through the main entrance. Everyone must pass through a metal detector and all personal items have to be scanned by x-ray technology.

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