How to ensure branch exists before allowing JIRA workflow transition?


I am creating custom workflow for my organisation and would like to prevent moving issue from "Selected for Development" into "In progress" if there does not exist at least one branch for that issue. I've already created the trigger which automatically moves the task into "in progress" as soon as branch is created, but I would like to prevent developers to manually move the task into "in progress" if branch does not exist, however if it exists then I would like to allow manual movement. Is there something like "branch exists condition/validator"? I do not see something like that in my JIRA options, however similar use case is described in JIRA advanced workflow configuration documentation, so I guess something like this is possible.

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For the time being, I've made a workaround:

- on transition from "selected for development" into "in progress" there is a condition that task must have previously been "in progress"

- when branch is created, trigger automatically moves the task to "in progress"

Thus, task can move into "in progress" first time only by creating a branch.

Unfortunately, this workaround does not work for cases when developer creates branch before task is moved in "selected for development" state. This can be further worked around by adding another transition with same trigger (from "backlog" to "in progress"), which cannot be performed manually, but this is a dirty hack and does not allow checking for required conditions.

A condition "branch exists" would be much better solution.

FYI, just adding validator that checks that "Development" field is empty does not do the job.

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