Extend the digital access scheme to Solicitors

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Barristers have been enrolled on a pilot scheme at Court whereby they have a pass on their phone which allows them access to the Court without the need to go through security. The smartphone identification system has been developed by the Bar Council to help barristers get into court without having to go through onerous security searches. The 'app' is being used as part of the HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) Professional Entry Scheme pilot. Barristers are able to enter court buildings without the need to be searched as part of the pilot. This pilot scheme was developed with the Bar Council after barristers trying to enter Courts in England and Wales were held up from representing their clients due to airport-style searches and security measures. This scheme however, despite being launched in August 2018 has not been extended to solicitors who are using the same Court buildings and representing the same clients. Solicitors are still being subjected to these onerous security searches. We as solicitors now urge the Law Society to help us have the same rights as barristers and to liaise with HMCTS for this scheme to be extended across the profession.  

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