It is in the news that someone was barred from attending their own court attendance, and had an arrest warrant issued for failure to attend, because a security guard determined they were drunk:
Andrew Robinson, who has more than 670 offences on his rap sheet, was due before Oxford Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday to answer an allegation he breached an earlier court order.
When he didn’t turn up to the hearing, the magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.
Appearing in the dock on Saturday morning, Robinson, 52, of no fixed address, said he had come to court. “Security wouldn’t let me in. They said I was drunk.”
What laws govern such a restriction on attending ones court appearances? Can one be forced to miss ones court appearances, potentially leading to a default judgement, on the opinion of a security guard? Is there general restrictions on attending court under the influence of alcohol? Does it make a difference if "under the influence of alcohol" is one's default state, as it very well may be for a homeless alcoholic? If so, is there a blood alcohol limit, or is it behavior based?