Queensland Law Society

ID cards for court – Queensland ahead of the game

New South Wales’ legal profession are calling for a trial to provide barristers with security clearance and an identity card allowing them to enter a courthouse without going through standard security inspections.

Queensland legal practitioners are already eligible for such access, with enhanced court access being introduced back in 2011, following a six-month trial.

The access was initiated by Queensland Law Society and the Bar Association of Queensland following officially endorsement by then Chief Justice of Queensland, the Honourable Paul de Jersey.

The cards were introduced to save considerable time for practitioners in peak sitting hours by providing access to the complex without the need to be screened by security.

Law firms can apply for access cards for relevant staff, with court staff attending the firm to take photographs.

Individual practitioners can also apply and attend the court complex to have their photograph taken.

QLS members can find out more by visiting the QLS website and following the directions.