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HMCTS brews up storm over coffee ‘sip-test’

Lawyers on a coffee run required to taste each drink before entering court

11 August 2017

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has issued a warning that drinks brought into court buildings will now be subject to a “sip test” in a move aimed at increasing health and safety.

In an email to “stakeholders”, HMCTS said: “With effect from 7 August, all customers entering court premises with an unsealed drink can/carton/costa coffee/ flask etc will be required to take a sip of that drink at the security arch to validate that the content is harmless. The CSO [Chief Security Officer] may also ask that any bottled drinks be opened for this sip test to be undertaken.”

Anyone refusing to comply with this request will be refused access to the court, the email’s author said, before stating that any individuals on a so-called “coffee run” will be required to sip each drink before entering.

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