PAISLEY Sheriff Court is introducing a new contact tracing app.

Rather than using pen and paper to record users’ details, which carries potential sanitisation risks, courts are using SAFE2GO - a secure QR-based platform used similarly in restaurants and venues throughout the area.

The idea was thought up by Glasgow-based Hamill Digital Healthcare in July, with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTC) now utilising the tool within all of their courts across Scotland.

Richard Maconachie, SCTS Chief Finance Officer, said: “The SAFE2GO process is simple to use and convenient for regular visitors.

“Take up so far has been encouraging, so we feel well placed to support public health services in minimising transmission of COVID-19 through Test and Protect.”

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Now, whenever someone enters the court building, their contact details are recorded and shared with Test and Protect when requested by NHS contact tracers – otherwise the data is destroyed after 21 days.

SCTS were given additional funding by the Scottish Government to handle a growing backlog of trials, with SAFE2GO one of the measures implemented.

Founder Louise Hamill, a former NHS doctor, said: “Our secure GDPR-compliant platform helps to make contact tracing as safe and simple as possible.

“It’s a solution for anyone opening their venue to make sure they are protecting users’ data while supporting Test and Protect.

“We are pleased to be able to offer our contact tracing solution to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Services.”

More details can be found on the SAFE2GO website here.