It has been brought to the Management’s attention that court users are leaving court bundles following the completion of hearings both in court rooms and the advocates’ room on the 2nd floor.
It is the view of the Management that this constitutes a loss of data as other court users and other non HMCTS staff e.g. cleaners are potentially being exposed to confidential documents entering these rooms.
I would be very grateful if you would kindly advise your colleagues that this practice must cease with immediate effect due to the serious consequences of disclosure of data on HMCTS property
The court ushers have now been instructed to routinely check all court rooms and the advocates’ room. Should the court staff report to me that bundles continue to be left at the Bristol Civil Justice Centre, I will have no alternative but to refer the Barristers Chambers/Solicitors firm in question to either the Designated Civil Judge- His Honour Judge Denyer QC or the Designated Family Judge- His Honour Judge Wildblood QC to enquire what action should be taken.
We are sorry for the tone of this letter but I hope you appreciate that HMCTS takes any loss of data extremely seriously. We trust you also recognise this to be an issue of importance and will work with HMCTS to reduce any unnecessary risk of loss data.