We write to let you know that HMCTS has announced a small pilot scheme for streamlining access to courts for barristers and solicitors.
We had enquired on behalf of our members whether or not Watford/Hertford Courts would be included in the pilot but they will not.
The courts taking part in the pilot which is active are: Brighton Magistrates’ Court, Maidstone Combined Court; Southwark Crown Court, Tameside Magistrates’ Court and Wood Green Crown Court.
The scheme allows solicitors and barristers direct entrance to courts without the need to be searched, will be piloted for 12 weeks with registration having commenced in August and fast-track entry from 5 September 2018.
Evaluation will include measuring queuing times; recording any problems (eg disputes over ID or whether a practitioner has been registered with the court for the pilot, or any security breaches); and feedback from lawyers and from court/security staff.
The announcement from HMCTS can be accessed here – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-easier-court-entrance-for-legal-sector.
We will keep the Hertfordshire Law Society Members updated as and when we have more information following the conclusion of the pilot.
The Hertfordshire Law Society