Solicitors flag lack of privacy and difficulties getting to speak with their clients in prison because of Covid-19 restrictions

Solicitors complained about a lack of privacy when speaking with clients in jail and that they could overhear conversations between other lawyers and their clients.

In discussions with the Irish Prison Service, lawyers also said they frequently made themselves available for video links only to be told their client was not available for a scheduled appointment with no explanation.

Internal records also detail how the prison service wrote to legal advisers asking if solicitors would trim their beards or facial hair before visiting as best practice for the wearing of protective masks.

Apologies in advance for the poor quality of the records … this is the way they were sent to us!