An ID scheme to help barristers avoid court security measures is to be tested.

Bar Chair Andrew Walker QC announced plans for a three-month trial of electronic ID that can be downloaded onto a mobile phone, in the autumn.

Increased security checks, due to the heightened terror threat, have caused lengthy queues and barristers have been forced to empty their bags in front of the public or sip drinks to prove they are safe.

Walker said HM Courts and Tribunals Service had been ‘sympathetic’ to its concerns, but added: ‘A high level of security in our courts is essential, but this should not prevent barristers and other lawyers gaining easier and speedier entry so that they can do their jobs more efficiently and with less hindrance.’