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The President’s Charity of the Year 2017/18

                      Please see Freewheelers Leaflet 2017 for the fabulous work these volunteer riders undertake to assist the NHS in moving vital supplies and equipment  around the county. Who knows which one of us or someone we know may have already benefited from their amazing work?


Welcome from BLS President 2017/18 – Gary Lightwood

                    Gary Lightwood is the Managing Partner of Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors’ Bristol office. During his career he has specialised in personal injury litigation, clinical negligence and family law. A former Officer in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, Gary then qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 after joining … more


BLS Conference and Meeting Room Suites Room Hire Information

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms are conveniently located in the centre between the Waterfront Area and the Old City in a modern building situated on the corner of Colston Avenue and St Stephen’s Avenue.  There are a number of large public car parks within a 5 minute walk from the rooms. For full information on our … more


Urgent Court Business- a reminder to Solicitors of the contact details and procedure


Civil and Family work:

  • Injunctions e.g. Anti Social Behaviour Orders obtained in the County Court.
  • Children Act applications (for example child snatch cases where a residence order has been made in the County Court and the child has not been returned )
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions with a power of arrest attached issued in the County Court under Part IV Family Law Act 1996,
  • Other urgent applications where an individual’s personal safety, well being, business or assets may be at risk.

Criminal work:

Urgent ‘out of hours’ application may be made in the Crown Court under:

  • Schedule 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; and
  • Section 28 of the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986.

Times when the system operates

between 4 pm and 8.30 am each weekday;

between 4 pm on Friday until 8.30 am on Monday for each weekend; and

from 4 pm on the last day preceding a public or privilege holiday until 8.30 am on the day the court is next open

The following points would be helpful in deciding whether a court sitting should be convened:

(a)        If respondent has been in custody over 24 hours they must be released and the court has no powers in these circumstances.  Police could hold the respondent if he has committed a criminal offence in which case an order under these provisions would not be necessary.

(b)        If arrested before 10.30 am Saturday morning a hearing must be arranged.

(c)        If arrested after 10.30 am on Saturday morning the respondent can be brought before the court on Monday morning at 10.30 am. This is because Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday are not reckonable in the period of 24 hours.

How it operates

Urgent Court Business Officers all carry a Mobile Phone.  Anybody who needs to contact one of them simply telephones the number provided. The officer will then discuss the case with a member of the judiciary who will decide whether a hearing is necessary. 

The number to call is : 07795  302944

The Areas covered are Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Gloucester.

Hearings in Bristol

If a hearing is deemed necessary by a Judge in Bristol, most hearings will be held at the new Bristol Magistrates Court. The Urgent Court Business Officer will advise court users of the time of the hearing and if a hearing is to be held at an alternative venue.