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UK: Black barrister mistaken for defendant three times

A black barrister has said court staff mistook her for a defendant three times in one day.

In a series of tweets, Alexandra Wilson, 25, from Essex, said a security officer, a solicitor and a court clerk had not recognised she was in the legal profession.

She said the experience had left her “absolutely exhausted”.

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) apologise for the “totally unacceptable behaviour”.

Criminal and family barrister Ms Wilson said a security officer asked for her name when she arrived at court on Wednesday.

He then searched for it on a list of defendants.

“I explained I was a barrister. He apologised and guided me through security,” Ms Wilson said.

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