Access to the Supreme Court building: Article 50 'Brexit' judgment

Access to the Supreme Court building: Article 50 'Brexit' judgment, on Tuesday 24 January

Members of the public wishing to visit the building on the morning of Tuesday 24 January are advised that we are expecting a large number of visitors that morning, and those not specifically coming to observe the judgment in R (on the application of Miller & Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union are encouraged to choose other days to visit the building.

Those attending for purposes related to the UKSC and JCPC hearings later in the day are advised to postpone their arrival until 10.30am at the earliest.

The judgment hand down will last around five minutes and will take place in the largest courtroom, where a Justice will deliver a summary of the Court's decision. The Court has made arrangements for two 'overflow' courtrooms where a live video feed of the summary will be shown.

A queuing system will be put in place, with those arriving earliest being offered seats in the courtroom once public admission begins; once Court One is full, a further tranche of visitors will be allowed into the overflow rooms. The court building will open to the public at 9am and judgment will be given at 9.30am.

Please note that, in line with the Court's usual practice, items of clothing or other materials bearing messages that undermine the dignity of the court or which seek to interfere with the proper administration of justice will not be permitted into the building.

Please also be aware there are no cloakroom facilities at the Supreme Court and public are discouraged from bringing bulky items of luggage into the building. All visitors will be security scanned upon arrival and to speed this process up we ask that all visitors refrain from bringing sharp objects (such as nail scissors) with them to the court building.

Given the likely demand for places, we would stress that footage of the brief proceedings will also be streamed live via the Supreme Court website at and the full judgment and a summary document will be made available on the Supreme Court website as soon as the judgment summary has been delivered.

In practice, given the limited capacity in Court One, we would encourage those keen to watch the judgment summary to do so remotely rather than travel to the Court and risk the disappointment of not getting a seat in court (the facility in the overflow courtrooms will simply be a relay of the web feed).