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No more sip tests? ID card pilot to help jump the court queue

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Barristers and solicitors will be given electronic ID cards to allow them to bypass onerous security measures in place at courts around the country.

Both the Law Society and Bar Council have confirmed a pilot scheme is ‘very likely’ to take place next month at a select group of courts. If successful it could be rolled out nationally.

Security measures have been a talking point in the legal profession for several months, with court users often taking to social media to share experiences of lengthy delays.

In August last year, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) rolled out a scheme requiring anyone entering the court, including solicitors and barristers, to take a sip from a drink they wanted to bring into a court building in order to prove its contents were harmless.

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