Anger over court queues

Queues outside Sheffield Crown Court.
Queues outside Sheffield Crown Court.
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Hearings were delayed, wasting public money, because of lengthy queues at Sheffield Crown Court after a new search policy was implemented.

Barristers, solicitors, police officers, jurors and members of the public were forced to queue for up to an hour in the cold yesterday morning, causing anger and frustration.

One juror said she was worried she wouldn’t be able to get into court in time for the beginning of her case.

She said: “It’s disgusting and they really need to do something about this.”

A Courts and Tribunals Service spokesman said: “Due to an unusually heavy caseload and security procedures at Sheffield Combined Court, court users have been experiencing a longer wait to enter the building than normal. We are bringing in extra security staff from today to speed up access and has asked the security contractor to review procedures.”