The CLSA committee has been working with HMCTS to improve ease of access to our courts in England & Wales. Whilst we recognise the need for security at the Courts, we believe professional court user who usually frequent the same courts regularly should be afforded some flexibility as is often the case for example, with police officers.
HM Courts Service have announced a ‘proof of concept’ for a Professional Court User entry scheme which will run for 12 weeks from 5 September - 30 November. The Scheme will allow barristers and solicitors to have improved access to Courts in 5 pilot courts: Brighton Magistrates’ Court; Maidstone Combined Court; Southwark Crown Court; Tameside Magistrates’ Court; and Wood Green Crown Court. These Courts will operate a ‘Professional Access Queue’, but in order to be eligible users will have to sign up to the Conditions of Entry and Court Arrangements as well as register at the courts.
In addition to the above scheme, CLSA members who have a valid CLSA ID card can exclusively enjoy expedited access to all courts (there will be some courts or occasions when a higher security level will be in place and the scheme will not operate at those times). They will need to show their CLSA ID to security staff at their registered courts. Details on joining the CLSA can be found here
With both the pilot and national CLSA scheme users will have to register at the Courts they are most likely to attend. We hope in due course that this limitation can be removed, but in the meantime we have been asked by the HMCTS to urge members and non-members to only apply at courts they are likely to use to allow the scheme to be manageable.
To register your details you must complete the form here and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘CLSA ID card Court Entry’ in the subject. To be on the register at the start of the pilot the application form must be received by email@example.com by 12 noon on Thursday 30 August 2018. After that date the register will be updated weekly and entries received by the Wednesday will appear on the register the following week.
Once you have signed up to the Conditions of Entry and Court Arrangements and registered you will be entitled to use the Direct Entrance to Courts and Tribunal Buildings as described above.
Full details on CLSA ID cards and application forms can be found at