D.C. Superior Court cases were delayed Friday as lines to get inside the courthouse were stretched to a 30- to 40-minute wait.

A main entrance on the side of the building at 500 Indiana Ave. NW was closed because of a broken magnetometer, a court spokeswoman said, forcing attorneys, jurors and other visitors to stand in lines at the front and back entrances. The side entrance has since been reopened, court spokeswoman Anita Jarman said.

While the lines snaked around the building’s corners, judges’ chambers were calling attorneys’ cellphones asking for their whereabouts. “I’m outside in line,” said one attorney.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.