From January 2021, a new ID scheme will allow solicitors to have enhanced access through security in courts and tribunals.

All solicitors with a practising certificate can sign up to the professional users’ access scheme, meaning they can access more than 300 HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) buildings without needing a routine security search on each visit.

See a list of participating courts and tribunals

The new arrangement has been developed by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) and Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA), with investment from the Law Society. 

How to apply

Solicitors can apply for a court ID card via the LCCSA and CLSA.

The scheme costs £36 per year for solicitors who are not members of these organisations.

You’ll need a recent passport photograph and your solicitor roll number, plus further details of you and your organisation.