"There's no other choice," Jones said.
Across the state, county courts have been beefing up security in response to more felony cases. Berkeley County is no exception.
"Sometimes you have a lot of high-profile cases and you need law enforcement to protect the people there - the judges, the attorneys and the jurors," Jones said.
He said he was not aware of any security problems in Berkeley County's circuit courtrooms, but said there is always the threat.
A metal detector currently is positioned in front of Judge Thomas Steptoe's second-floor courtroom in the Berkeley County Courthouse.
Judge David Sanders' courtroom in the adjacent courthouse annex has no security measures.
Bailiffs use hand-held detectors to check for weapons during criminal proceedings for both courtrooms, but the detectors are old and need to be updated, said Capt. Curtis Keller.
Although Morgan County received some funding, it isn't nearly enough to cover the security upgrades the courts asked for, said County Administrator Bill Clark.
"I'm not totally disappointed," Clark said. "We received something and I'm assuming we can apply again. I'm not going to give up."
Morgan County hoped to use the grant money to build separate rooms for defense and prosecution witnesses.
"Right now, they kind of have to hang out in the hallway," said Clark, adding that the mingling could lead to potentially violent situations.
The county hasn't what to do with the nearly $15,000 in grant money, but Clark said it could be used for a duress system, similar to the panic buttons Berkeley County wanted to install.
Jefferson County Sheriff William Senseney didn't apply for grant money because the county is in the process of building a new magistrate court building, which should be completed late this year.
"As we are doing that, we'll be applying to the state board for security upgrades," Senseney said. "We knew we would be leaving the old building anyway, so there's no point in throwing money away."