Defence lawyer unveils branded masks as Hamilton court docket customers are requested to cowl up

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Defence lawyer unveils branded masks as Hamilton court users are asked to cover up

A lawyer has unveiled his own branded masks as court users are asked to wear face coverings.

From Monday, August 31, lawyers and members of the public attending Hamilton Sheriff Court have been expected to cover their face in public and communal areas of the building.

Masks can be removed in courtrooms.

Defence solicitor Diarmid Bruce stressed the need for “sensible precautions” as courts get busier again following the disruption caused by Covid-19.

Mr Bruce, managing director of Motherwell-based Bruce the Lawyers, said: “Criminal lawyers have been on the frontline during the crisis as they continued to meet clients in custody at court and in prison.

“At the height of the crisis most lawyers did video links with prisoners, trying to prevent unnecessary risks as best they could while attempting to safeguard the interests and rights of their clients.

“However, it is much better to meet a client face to face.

“The prisons are now stipulating that face masks are essential for all visitors.

“With courts opening up for more cases and clients returning for office appointments, sensible precautions like this are being taken.

“My firm’s offices are big enough to allow for social distancing, but if clients feel more comfortable with staff wearing masks that’s what will happen.”

Scottish Courts chief executive Eric McQueen said: “We remain committed to protecting the health and safety of all those who need to attend court.

“In order to reduce the risk of infection spread, we are strongly advising all users and visitors to wear a face covering.”