A new ID scheme will allow solicitors to have enhanced access through security in more than 300 courts and tribunals from today (1 February).
The new arrangement, developed by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) and Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) with investment from the Law Society, will enable solicitors to register with the professional users’ access scheme.
All solicitors with a practising certificate can sign up from today, meaning they can access more than 300 HM Courts and Tribunals Service buildings without needing a routine security search on each visit. Check which courts are accepting ID cards here.
Solicitors join barristers and the Crown Prosecution Service in signing up to the scheme. There will be separate fast-access lanes for members of the scheme during the busiest times of the day, where possible.
Daniel Bonich, chair of the CLSA, said: “We are delighted to be able to deliver on one of the most frequent requests from our members. This scheme is recognition of the crucial role our members and fellow solicitors play in the proper administration of justice.
“We are pleased that their status as officers of the court has been so recognised and awarded ‘trusted status’ which will enable much improved and quicker access to court buildings.”
These cards will be available to both members of the CLSA and all practising solicitors in England and Wales. To apply for an ID card, please visit the CLSA website here