Professional Entry Scheme Pilot

Written By: John Campbell
Written: 1st May 2019

Professional Entry Scheme Pilot - we welcome your comments

As regular users of the Canal Street courts may be aware, the Combined Nottingham Crown and County Court is currently participating in the HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) Professional Entry Scheme pilot.

Barristers and Solicitors are able to gain entry to the court building without a security search upon presentation of a photo ID issued by the Bar Council and Law Society respectively.  If successful, it is intended that the scheme will be rolled out nationally and extended to other legal professionals.  Further details can be found here:

We are keen hear the experiences of users who have opted in and received an ID card as to how the scheme is functioning in practice.

If you have any feedback, positive or negative, on the operation of the pilot, please e-mail with your views. 

Your comments will be sent to the Bar Council’s working group to assist in monitoring the success, or otherwise, of the scheme.

Please also indicate in your e-mail if you wish for your response to be anonymised.

John Campbell – Civil Bar Representative