9 January 2019
Introduction of new security arrangements at Phoenix House Family Law Courts
As and from Friday 11th January 2019 the following security measures will come into effect at the Family Law Courts at Phoenix House:
- All practitioners and members of the public who enter the Family Law Court area on the ground floor of Phoenix House will be required to pass through a security screening area which will be located in the foyer immediately inside the main entrance.
There will be a number of G4S security personnel on duty while the Family Law Court area of the building is open.
The G4S personnel will operate the security screening equipment and will manage the provision of security in the area generally.
These measures will be very similar to those already working successfully at the Four Courts and the Criminal Courts of Justice.
As is currently the case at the Four Courts campus practitioners who hold a valid access card issued by the Courts Service will be able to pass through the security screening area on production of same to the G4S security officer on duty.
Because of the restricted nature of the entrance it is not possible to have a separate entrance for cardholders so, unfortunately, at peak times there may be some delay at the entrance.
- The Family Law Court area (including the consultation rooms and the legal practitioners room) will open to practitioners and members of the public at 8.30 a.m. and will close at 5.00 p.m. each day or 30 minutes after the last court case has finished – whichever is the later.
All practitioners and members of the public will be required to leave the Family Law Court area (including the consultation rooms and the legal practitioners room) by then.
Anyone still in the Family Law Court area after this time will be asked to leave.
No one will be permitted to enter the Family Courts area of Phoenix House after 5.00 p.m.
- One of the existing consultation rooms will no longer be available for use by practitioners or members of the public as it will be required as part of the implementation of the above enhanced security measures.
The security of the courts and the safety of all who use the courts is of the utmost importance to us and any inconvenience caused by these necessary measures is regretted.
The Courts Service will keep the operation of the new arrangements under review.
To help ensure the new arrangements work as smoothly as possible the Courts Service would ask practitioners and their clients to allow a few minutes for passing through the security screening area when attending the Family Courts in Phoenix House.
The co-operation of all with these measures would be greatly appreciated.
Management Courts Service