Cell Phone Ban about to be imposed at Markham Courthose


This is a picture of the new storage lockers that are being installed outside the Markham courthouse — in the parking lot. These lockers will be available for people entering the courthouse to store their cell phones, tablets, laptops or other electronic devices.  Do they look big enough to contain laptops to you?  Would you like to store your cell phone or ipad outside on a cold snowy day in this?  Would you feel safe?

According to a court employee, these lockers will use fingerprint recognition technology instead of keys for their locks.  Honestly, I didn’t see anything that looked like a fingerprint sensor on any of these, but maybe I don’t know what to look for.  I wonder how that will work on the third consecutive day of below zero temperature.

I was also told that these lockers will cost $3.00 to rent.

They were being installed today.  Once they are ready to go, the cell phone/other electronic device ban will be implemented.  The ban will apply to the general public, but not jurors, judges, attorneys or other specially exempted classes of people.

Expect similar storage lockers at the other suburban courthouses soon.

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