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(a) The Courthouse shall be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, holidays excepted.

The Superior Court rooms shall be under the supervision and control of the Court Executive Officer. The Supervisors’ Chamber, together with any other such meeting places in the Humboldt County Courthouse not regularly habituated by one or more County employees, shall be under the supervision and control of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Except as provided herein, they shall be used solely for the transaction of public business. If not required for such use by the Board or the Courts, the Court Executive Officer or the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors may permit their use by agencies of the Federal, State, County, City or District Governments for the transaction of public business, and by groups, societies or organizations for public, literary, scientific, recreational or educational meetings, or for the discussion of matters of general or public interest to the citizens of the County, other than for religious or social purposes. (Ord. 2351, § 4, 12/6/2005)

(b) A portion of the Courthouse, consisting of the lobby, the Supervisors’ Chamber, Conference Room A and Conference Room B, shall be open to the public from 5:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights and other hours when approved by the County Administrative Officer for meetings of committees, boards and organizations, and public attendance thereon, which apply for and are granted permission to use such portion of the Courthouse pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 2156, 1/27/1998; Ord. 2351, § 4, 12/6/2005)

(c) County employees may be admitted to the Courthouse nights and weekends for duty purposes. Attorneys may be admitted to the Courthouse nights and weekends to use the County Law Library. In order to be admitted to the Courthouse, County employees and attorneys shall make application for admission to the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office may satisfy itself that the application is bona fide and may provide for the admission of the applicant. The Sheriff’s Department may admit the representative of the news media to trials being conducted in the Courthouse during periods the Courthouse is closed to the general public.

(d) The ground floor entrance to the Courthouse, including the corridor to the lobby of the Sheriff’s Department, is open to the public at all times to provide access to the general public to transact business with the Sheriff’s Department. Access for the public to transact business at the County Jail will be provided by a route designated by the Sheriff, and at all such times as may be designated by the Sheriff. (Ord. 1529, § 1, 5/11/1982; Ord. 1594, § 1, 5/24/1983; Ord. 1866, § 1, 6/6/1989)